The topic brought a question from the audience seeking clarification for who will be affected upon its passage.
The City of Metropolis last passed a Zoning Ordinance in 1964. And while it’s been amended over the years, it hasn’t had a full-blown makeover. That process began around 2004 when city officials started developing the first Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district. With the adoption of a new Comprehensive Plan in 2007, consultants Economic Development Resources (EDR), along with a number of committee and Planning Commission meetings, were held to develop a Zoning Ordinance draft. Over the years, that document has undergone further reviews and revisions by the Zoning Commission, a mayor-appointed group of volunteers from the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals.
After further revisions to the document following a December 2012 public hearing, the Zoning Commission presented its final draft earlier this month.
Those impacted by the Zoning Ordinance and its accompanying Zoning District Map are those who receive utilities from the City of Metropolis.
“We only went in the areas where people had city utilities — water, sewer, electric. If you’re not served by city utilities, it will not affect you,” Mayor Billy McDaniel said. As an example, he used Cedar Lane subdivision, which is served in part by city water but in whole by city electricity. “They will be under that zoning ordinance. Our reasoning is because if we’re servicing you with utilities — water, sewer, electric — we should have a say in what is built on our easements or close to our easements not only to protect our utilities but to protect the infrastructure on the outside.”
For those inside the border under the Zoning Ordinance there are zoning district regulations, which are shown on the Zoning District Map. The “regulations assigned to those properties are based on how they’re classified,” said city attorney Rick Abell. “For example, Faughn and Bullock are going to be classified as residential. Currently they’re R-4 which allows manufactured/modular homes; they’ll have a similar classification when this (ordinance) goes through. Some of this area is just open land that’s been primarily agricultural will get an agricultural zone, which includes homes. What we tried to do (in creating the Zoning Map) was figure out the main use (of an area) and go along with what was.”
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