The city’s planning and zoning commission approved the latest request Monday to rezone property at the corner of Madison Avenue and Highway 47.
The request from Dr. Karen Eshraghi was reviewed at last month’s meeting but the board tabled action because the applicant or a representative did not attend the meeting to answer questions.
That original application called for rezoning Lots 7 and 8 of Koch’s Subdivision from R-1A, single-family residential, to C-2 general commercial. However the application considered Monday night was for C-4, planned commercial, zoning of the property.
Last month, board members did not feel comfortable with the C-2 zoning which would open up the property to multiple commercial uses without additional review.
A public hearing on the request is scheduled Monday night, July 15, during the city council meeting.
It’s the third request by Eshraghi to rezone the property to C-4, which requires separate approval of a development plan by the plan board and city council before construction can proceed.
There is a two-year time limit on a development of property zoned C-4, and that time limit has lapsed twice since Eshraghi initially requested the rezoning in 2004 with plans to build a medical office building on the site.
In 2007, Eshraghi filed a new request for C-4 zoning and it was approved following a public hearing.
But again, the zoning reverted back to R-1A because a development plan was not filed in two years.
“Now, they are requesting C-4 zoning again,” Dan Boyce, city engineer, told board members.
Dr. Mark Eshraghi addressed the board and said if the C-4 zoning is approved, they would submit a development plan for the site at a future date.
In other action Monday, the board:
• Approved a request from Overton Properties to vacate an alley, with the condition that utility easements be maintained, between First and Third streets, east of Hancock and west of Highway 47.
• Approved a request from Rabco Products Corporation for preliminary plat approval of Heidmann Industrial Park Plat 10.
• Approved a preliminary plat request from Mary Cole and Joy Bebout for Meriwether Estates Plat 4 and rezoning of 301 and 305 Coulter Court from R-3, multifamily, to R-1C, attached residential.