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City approves Spring Street zoning change on first read
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McMinnville officials have voted to allow rezoning of 427 N. Spring Street from R-2 to R-5. The measure passed on first read.
Board members voted 5-1 to allow the change, with Mayor Norman Rone, Vice Mayor Everett Brock, and Aldermen Rick Barnes, Clair Cochran and Junior Medley voting for the measure. Alderman Billy Wood was absent.
Alderman Jimmy Haley was the only vote against it.
“We started on the end of Spring Street,” Haley said. “This is a historic neighborhood that’s almost gone. Other property owners are concerned with this and where it will end.”
Rone says, given the cost of preserving historic homes, other communities have used this type of zoning to ensure homes such as this one are saved from deterioration.
The property is owned by Miles and Pam Wilson. The change in zoning will allow residential use on the property, as well as some light commercial use such as a bed and breakfast, tea room or professional offices.
The measure passed the city’s McMinnville Regional Planning Commission in early May. It passed unanimously.
“Do we know what their plans are for the property, if we accept this?” asked Brock.
Planning and Zoning supervisor Josh Baker responded, “They just want other options when it comes to use.”
Pam Wilson says only one decision has been made and that is about their intent to preserve the building.
“We would like to bring it back to what it once was and make it as pretty as it originally was,” she said after the meeting. “We are very excited about the future possibilities, but we have to wait for the outcome of the board. We just want the property to be beautiful again.”
Change to zoning requires two reads before the board, as well as a public hearing. The second read and public hearing could be during the next city board meeting July 12. The agenda for that meeting has not yet been set.