SYLACAUGA – The City Council is considering setting a date for a public hearing to consider rezoning U.S. 280 property to general business district.

The public hearing is under new business for the Tuesday, Jan. 17, council meeting.

The U.S. 280 property is the 33 acres next to Walmart. It is currently B1 (local shopping district), B2 (general business district and M2 (manufacturing-two).

A redevelopment reimbursement agreement for the property was approved by a 3-2 vote in September 2016 by the previous council. The agreement allowed Hutton Team LLC, a real estate, development and construction company in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to construct retail businesses on the site, promoting economic development, increasing tax revenue and encouraging other economic development in the city.

The agreement allowed Hutton to buy the land from the city for $450,000. The municipality purchased the property for $1.8 million in the early 2000s.

Under B2 zoning, any use permitted in B1 is allowed. This includes neighborhood retail businesses, including the following types of stores: food, general merchandise, apparel, furniture, household and hardware, radio and television, drugs and sundries, jewelry and gifts, florists, sporting goods, gasoline filling stations, personal storage facility and similar types. Major auto repair and places of amusement and assembly are also permitted.

Prior to the regular council meeting, a work session will be at 5 p.m., followed by the council meeting at 6. According to the agenda, Bobbie Whetstone is expected to speak during the work session on the Commercial Development Authority and city revenue.

Pam Landers is also expected to speak during the work session on Miss Sylacauga and related pageants.