Plan ELC Zoning workshops conclude Thursday Featured

City Zoning Specialist Joe Foster leads conversations during Thursday's workshop inside White Auditorium. City Zoning Specialist Joe Foster leads conversations during Thursday's workshop inside White Auditorium. Tagan Trahoon/KVOE News

City of Emporia and Lyon County Zoning administrators concluded their Plan ELC zoning regulation workshops Thursday evening.

Thursday’s topic focused on residential zoning and follows similar workshops on agriculture, industrial and commercial zoning. While each of the workshops had differing focuses, common concerns seemed to arise during each from local residents.

This includes concerns regarding potential changes to city infrastructure such as parking and traffic conditions. Seeley has expressed in the past the new regulations would not look to change or remove any current infrastructure.

In response to this many residents have asked the question, "then why have it in the document?" Lyon County Commissioner Dan Slater likened the regulations and city/county comprehensive plan to a "Christmas wishlist.

The development of the city/county comprehensive plan was conducted by city and county staff with the assistance of Urban Collaborative LLC, an architecture and planning firm based in Eugene Oregon. Local resident Mary Shepherd says a major concern for many residents as it pertains to the new regulations is that a majority of the development has been headed up by an out of state agency.

 

City Commissioner Rob Gilligan says he understands this concern, however, drafting zoning regulations is a massive undertaking which requires a large volume of knowledge and experience.

 

With the workshops now concluded, Seeley and City Zoning Specialist Joe Foster will begin working on a third draft of the regulations using input from each meeting to help refine the document. According to Seeley, once the third draft is completed a fourth may be drafted.

Seeley will join KVOE’s Talk of Emporia Friday morning to discuss future steps for the regulations in more depth.

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