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Rezoning rejected by commission
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Ben Newman

An attempt to rezone land on Hyde Drive is not faring any better the second time around.

The McMinnville Regional Planning Commission has considered a request from Stacey Harvey to rezone an empty lot on Hyde Drive from Residential-1 to Residential-2. The commission unanimously voted to recommend denial to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.

“As a city leader, I want our land to be used,” said Mayor Ben Newman, a member of the commission. “We don’t want our land just to be vacant. That’s not a good use of land. We want it to be productive. We want it to have people come there to have people use it for its best purpose, but we are also tasked with making sure that it doesn’t interfere with other people’s lives and the surrounding neighbors that it will impact – good, bad or indifferent. There is still some impact by changing the zoning, if it were to be zoned to R-2.”

That statement was made after a lengthy deliberation and a second recommendation by the commission to deny a rezoning request. 

In 2019, the commission recommended denial from R-1 to R-3. City board members did just that when the measure was presented to them later that year. 

As they have in past meetings, residents in the area urged commission members on Tuesday to reject the request. Several in attendance offered decreased property values, increased traffic, reduced aesthetics, intensified drainage issues, and spot zoning as reasons for denial.

Newman pointed to those complaints as a reason to deny.

The rezoning measure was tabled last month after members requested additional information. This month, city planner Katie Kemezis provided members with the state’s stormwater review process and how many homes or duplexes can be constructed on that 9-acre site. 

An R-1 designation allows up to 27 single-family lots and an R-2 designation allows up to 54 single-family lots or 27 duplexes.

However, those numbers are based on lot size alone and could be less. The property owner must also meet the city’s requirements for a subdivision in order to break the 9 acres into sections and construct multiple homes or duplexes. 

“What happens if we decide not to rezone it from R-1 to R-2?” asked Commission member Jim Brock. 

Kemezis replied, “If it is not rezoned, it will remain R-1. He (Harvey) can get a building permit tomorrow and build a single-family home on it.”

McMinnville Regional Planning Commission offers recommendations to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. 

The measure to rezone the property from R-1 to R-2, as well as the commission’s recommendation against it, will be sent to the city board for its consideration.