Monday, February 05, 2007

February 8 - Zoning Ordinance and request changes at the Planning Commission Meeting

Dear Woodburn Neighbors:

Kathleen Sutter from Suncrest is leading an effort for residents to examine the zoning laws affecting our neighborhoods. She is encouraging you to review materials provided and formulate your thoughts for the Planning Commission on Thursday, February 8. Do consider attending if you have concerns you want to voice. Please read below for more information! - Susan Eason

Dear Members of Neighborhood Associations,

Last night's City Council Meeting gave us much hope. City Council agreed that the Planning Commission should review and amend the Zoning Ordinance so that residential zones retain their residential nature.

Mayor Ron Justice requested that the Planning Commission review and amend the residential portion of the Zoning Ordinance passed January 2006 and return the document to the City Council within the month. He requested feedback from other neighborhood associations.

Ron Justice, Bill Byrnes, and Jim Manilla agreed that changes need to be made to preserve the residential nature of our neighborhoods. We have a chance to make a difference to our neighborhoods in the years to come.

A good zoning law will prevent conditional use applications which are not appropriate to our neighborhoods.

The present zoning law allows in R-1 and R-1A Professional Services Establishments such as physical therapy, massage or legal offices which require two story buildings within 3 to 6 feet of the front property line. See attached review of the law concerning Professional Services Establishment.

Present zoning law permits under conditional use such businesses as restaurants, bakeries, beauty shop, convenience neighborhood store throughout R-1A neighborhoods.

Now is the time to review the residential portion of the Zoning Ordinance and request changes at the Planning Commission Meeting on February 8. The Zoning Committee from the Suncrest Neighborhood Association is working on R-1 requests to the Planning Committee.

Bill Kawecki of the South Park Association is drawing up requests for R-1A with his association. We need representatives from each neighborhood association to make requests for residential zones.

Here is a link to the summary of the permitted and conditional uses in residential zones. You can find more information directly from the ordinance at the following City of Morgantown page. Be sure to look at the supplementary regulations and definitions that go with each use.

All of us can make a difference if we work now to preserving our quiet neighborhoods for families.


Kathleen Sutter, Zoning Committee, SNA