Nevis eyeing a ‘more comprehensive approach’ to zoning
The Nevis Council agreed further study and revisions are needed to address mixed residential and commercial use in the city's B2 (general business) district on Highway 34.
The Nevis Council agreed further study and revisions are needed to address mixed residential and commercial use in the city’s B2 (general business) district on Highway 34.
“B2 doesn’t allow for single-family residential units,” zoning administrator Edy Assell told the council this week. “But several exist.”
She recommended addressing the coexistence of commercial and residential use of property, with revisions made to the future land use map.
Discussion arose at the Planning Commission meeting subsequent to Bryce Bellomo and Tom Vokes submitting an application to rezone 113 Highway 34 from R1 (residential) to B2.
Commissioners reviewed the 1999 zoning map and future land use map, noting several properties had changed zoning from what the future land use map had designated.
“The commission was of the opinion that it made sense to zone property along Highway 34 in this area for business use, but that the current ordinance and maps presented some conflict,” minutes of the meeting state.
A “more comprehensive approach” is needed, the commissioners determined. The city council agreed.
Vokes withdrew the application, pending a review of the current and future land use on Highway 34. An amendment to the land use ordinance to encourage business growth will be considered.
In other action, the council:
- Approved a 2015 tax levy of $205,652, with $194,380 to be allocated to the general fund - $76,780 for general government, $54,232 for streets, $44,124 for police and $19,244 for parks. The fire department levy is $11,272.
The council approved a $332,045 budget, commensurate with 2014’s.
- Approved Miller McDonald, Inc. to complete the 2014 city audit at a cost similar to 2013’s, $9,200.
- Heard a compliment from Rich Johnson on the recently-completed Hubbard County highway department building.
- Reported a loss of $4,709 at the municipal liquor store in November.