The board of aldermen recently approved two changes to the industrial zoning code.

Both changes were brought up to the planning and zoning commission earlier this month by City Attorney, Tim Melenbrink, who has been working to update and make the zoning codes consistent.

The first change will allow industries with residential neighbors the option to not have a buffer at the boundary line if a majority of the property owners are in favor of that option.

Previously, it was up to city staff to decide whether a plant/vegetation buffer or a fence would be required as a boundary line, but did not allow “no buffer” as an option.

Regulations for each type of buffer remained the same.

Per Melenbrink’s recommendation, the board also approved amending the ordinance to allow commercial distribution 10,000 square feet and under as a permitted use, rather than as a conditional use for that district.

The former code allowed distribution centers and warehouses of any size in one section, but then said in another section that centers under 10,000 square feet required a conditional use permit.

Melenbrink said the conflicting verbiage penalized those with smaller storage warehouses over those with larger storage buildings.

Separate ordinances were passed for each amendment 6-0. Aldermen Vicki Jo Hooper and Jim Albrecht were not present.