BAXTER -- Rezoning lots from residential to office space in the Kirkwood Addition was approved Tuesday night.
The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended denying the rezoning. City Planner Todd Holman said the commission did not have all the information at the time and staff still recommended approving the rezoning request. The property owners are in favor of the rezoning.
Holman said the Clearwater Road extension, which comes out near Sears and Integra buildings, puts the road about 20 feet from one house and about 8.9 feet from the deck on another house. Holman said the lot sizes are large enough for building as they are more than 20,000 square feet. The closeness of the road could be offset by allowing use as office/service, Holman said. And he said significant lot depth offers room for a buffer from the rest of the neighborhood.
Holman said the rezoning is actually a downsize in both size and zoning intensity and there is not a commercial capacity.
The council agreed.
Planning and Zoning Commission members based their decision on existing houses on the two lots, that lots would become small and unbuildable and they did not want to change the existing neighborhood.
At the commission meeting, Holman suggested tabling the application until the next meeting so staff could gather information on lot sizes and the new road layout for the Clearwater extension.
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