Landowner wants change; Residential area would become commercial
by Laura Gaddy
Jun 18, 2013 | 1111 views |  0 comments | 90 90 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Commercial development that characterizes parts of Alabama 21 in Jacksonville is poised to claim a city block on West Mountain Street.

The owner of a residential block located on the street is asking the city to rezone their property for business development. A zoning petition filed with the city states that the old neighborhood homes, which have long been rented, are no longer profitable because of development nearby.

“The commercial and retail activities at the intersection of West Mountain Street and Highway 21, directly affect the property and make for a changing neighborhood,” the petition states. “These are substantial changes that warrant a zoning change.”

The property in question is in the residential block located nearest the intersection of the state highway at W. Mountain Street. It includes a brick residence flanked by two white homes, one of which has a detached apartment.

The Planning Commission will host a public hearing about the proposed change today at 6 p.m. in the Jacksonville Community Center. The hearing is just one step in legal process used to determine whether property will be rezoned in Jacksonville.

City Planner Lynn Causey said it will be the job of the Commission to determine if the proposed zoning change is consistent with the city’s developmental plans, which state that the property is an Institutional Complex Area, or ICA. As defined by the city, the ICA is a designation designed to protect property that are developing as a result of JSU, or the “Jacksonville Hospital Medical Complex.”

University development, in addition to commercial development, is listed in the petition as one the reasons the owners are requesting the zoning change.

“The many changes on West Mountain Street, such as the expanded football stadium and the new restaurant make for a changing neighborhood,” the petition states.

Even if the Commission agrees that the zoning change is consistent with the city’s plans, the proposed zoning change won’t be formalized for several months, Causey said. That’s because it must also be approved by City Council and, as tentatively scheduled, the item would not come before the council until late this summer.

If the Commission does not honor the petition, the owner may make the zoning request directly to the Council. It can approve the measure without consent from the Commission.

The petition states that the owner has no plans for development there and hopes to sell it to someone who will develop it for commercial use that will benefit JSU and Jacksonville residents.

Staff Writer Laura Gaddy: 256-235-3544. On Twitter @LGaddy_Star.
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