The city proposes to rezone 78 properties from C-2 General Commercial to C-1 Neighborhood Commercial. The changes are meant to promote smaller businesses and smaller scale development in areas that are next to low density residential neighborhoods.
An open house was conducted on November 7, 2019.
A public hearing was conducted on November 20, 2019. The planning commission recommended rezoning all properties presented to them to C-1 Neighborhood Commercial.
The city council conducted the first reading of the ordinance on December 2, 2019. The council approved the first reading, and set the second reading for December 16, 2019. The second reading is currently set to be on the consent agenda.
Properties considered for rezoning
The properties considered for rezoning can be viewed by clicking on this link: Rezoning Exhibit
Copies of the regulations for the C-2 General Commercial and C-1 Neighborhood Commercial districts can be viewed by clicking on this link: commercial districts. This document is one PDF that includes both districts. It starts with C-1. Continue scrolling through the document to see the C-2 district, which begins about half way through the document.
The C-1 Neighborhood Commercial district was recently amended to define business size limits. That amendment is approved and is currently in effect, but has not yet been incorporated into the district text regulations. So it can be viewed here: C-1 Amendment.
Commonly asked questions
Why is the city considering rezoning? The properties identified for consideration of rezoning have a long history of operating in a manner consistent with the C-1 Neighborhood Commercial district, not the C-2 General Commercial zoning district they are currently located in.
The purpose of the C-1 Neighborhood Commercial zoning district is to provide for low-intensity, service-oriented, commercial uses for surrounding neighborhoods. In contrast, The purpose of the C-2 district is to allow the concentration of commercial uses that are located away from low density residential areas. C-2 commercial areas are typically located near the highway intersections, are typically on larger lots and serve a regional market.
Will there be any legal non-conformities as a result? The C-1 Neighborhood Commercial district is very similar to the C-2 General Commercial district with a couple notable differences. The C-1 district does not allow liquor stores and motor vehicle repair.
Can legal non-conforming uses continue to operate? Yes. They can continue to operate in the manner they are operating in when the rezoning occurs. They can maintain all aspects of their business and continue under new ownership if sold. They cannot, however, expand.