The City Council, wanting to promote biz and increase sales tax, has decided that City staff should waive the rezoning fees and do the necessary 300' survey and notifications for all properties with frontage on a major arterial. The arterial runs through the city for 4 miles and has mixed residential and commercial uses... For the past year now I've been encouraging those interested to rezone their property to a commercial use, I actually sent out a form letter to every property owner in question.
The rezoning of the property initiative came down from Council, all the said property rezonings conform to the Comp. Plan, and fronting an arterial makes them some what conducive to a comercial use. The majority of the houses are older and the frontage is relatively inexpensive for that reason along with a few other issues.
My question is why does the Council baulk at many of these rezoning cases. For example this past meeting P&Z recommended denial of the rezoning for the following reason... The lot had residential lots abutting on the north and south sides. The lot is unimproved with no structures. The lot meets all necessary requirements and is in an area with commercial uses. Just 2 parcels north is a commercial use and a few parcels south. Then across the arterial and to the south there is a small strip center with a convenience/gas store as an anchor... Why encourage these people to rezone the property to only shut them down with only 4 protests... I don't understand this, any suggestions... If this is what Council wants, so be it, but then its time to modify the comp plan and stop this rezoning initiative... RIGHT???