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City Council Approves Rezoning

By Staff | Aug 11, 2011

Emmetsburg City Council approved the first consideration of an ordinance amendment to rezone a section of the community from “C-1” General Commercial District to “R-1” Single Family Residential District. Action was taken at the Aug. 8 council meeting.

Jack Nolan, who resides in the area to be rezoned, informed the council that some residents are concerned that changing zoning will prevent home businesses.

“They need some assurance this won’t happen,” said Nolan.

“The ones we know of are not in violation of home businesses,” said City Administrator John Bird. He noted that there are provisions for home businesses in the Zoning Ordinance.

Nolan suggested a new and separate commercial zoning designation that allows for home based businesses and includes single family housing.

When the city administrator said that Planning and Zoning had recommended this change to the council, Nolan said he had attended the Planning and Zoning meeting and expressed his concerns.

“We brought up the possibility of another commercial zoning classification that allows for R-1,” said Nolan. “I have a concern about nonconforming structures within that zone.”

The council approved the first consideration of the amendment to the zoning ordinance. Since only four councilmen were present, the second consideration could not be waived and will be held at the Monday, Aug. 22 meeting.

The area in questions includes:?the west half of block 56, Call’s Addition; block 2, Burnham’s Addition; north half of block 8, Burnham’s Addition; block 114, Corbin &?Lawler’s Addition; block 83, Corbin &?Lawler’s Addition; Block 65, Corbin &?Lawler’s Addition; Block 53, Corbin &?Lawler’s Addition, except the west half of lots 7 and 8 of block 53 Corbin &?Lawler’s Addition; block 36, Corbin &?Lawler’s Addition; and block 27, Corbin &?Lawler’s Addition to Emmetsburg.