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Zoning approved for new duplexes
McMinnville Alderman Steve Harvey does not agree with the tax.

New duplexes on Yager Road are another step closer to construction.  

McMinnville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen gave initial approval to a zoning change for vacant property located on Yager Road, just past Pike Hill Road, from R-1 to R-2. The request was made by Phillip Smith, who is a partner in a general partnership that seeks to construct duplexes there. R-2 allows multi-family dwellings.

Alderman Steve Harvey voiced hesitancy that the request could be considered spot zoning – making a specific parcel of land within a larger zoned area different than the current zoning restrictions and putting it at odds with the city’s master plan. 

“So does the fact that it touches R-2 on the back, I guess, keep it from being spot zoning?” asked Harvey. 

City planner Katie Kemezis relayed the findings of McMinnville Regional Planning Commission members that changing the property to R-2 would not be considered spot zoning.

“Plus, R-2 is not too much different from R-1,” said Kemezis. “R-2 is still harmonious in this area for what the land use policy plan wants. Anything more than a duplex would require a special exception and approval by BZA (Board of Zoning Appeals). Because of that, we felt this would not isolate that property in a way that was inharmonious to R-1.” 

Commission members unanimously recommended the change be allowed. 

“That’s the only thing that bothers me,” said Harvey. “You could build an apartment building. Granted you would have to get a special exception to do it, but that’s very possible.” 

Neighbors in that area were notified of the request by signs placed on the property, while adjacent property owners were mailed letters. None attended in opposition of the change. 

The request was given unanimous approval upon first read. Being an ordinance, the measure must also pass on second read.