The two most common forms of current rezoning in this growing city are from agricultural to high-density residential and from low-density housing to high density. However, a rare rezone was recently approved, 4-1, by the City Council that changed an acre of land in the center of the city from high residential to low residential.
Patricia Walker petitioned the council, asking that her land at 1301 N. Fort Lane be rezoned to residential/suburban status so that two horses could be permitted on the property.Several council members, including Brent Allen, said that section of Fort Lane already has a rural atmosphere and approved the change. Council member Ethel Adams voted against the measure, concerned about the future when the land could be surrounded by subdivisions. "It leaves it an island. . . . It makes it hard on everyone involved," she said.
Mayor Jerry Stevenson said the rezone was the opposite of the usual rezone. The Planning Commission also recommended the rezone because the city's general plan doesn't anticipate opposite rezoning proposals.