Zoning changes won’t alter residential quality
Several residents on Oak Street and Cypress Drive in Henderson are relieved to know zoning changes won’t change their residential quality.
In Monday’s meeting of the Henderson Planning board, approval was given after a public hearing altering the district designation. The setback rules are changed, for nine homes: five on Oak Street and four on Cypress Drive.
The move gives the right residential density designation to homes built years ago. Some residents attending the hearing had worried the residential flavor could be changed by altering the zoning.
“We just didn’t know what exactly was being done,” Carolyn Pace, another resident of the neighborhood, said.
Michael Rainey, the planning board chairman and also a city councilman, joked with residents about wanting to put a Wendy’s on their street.
A resident joked right back that they’d rather have a Bojangles’.
“Well, it will stay residential,” Rainey said. “This is not going to effect the well-being of any of the properties.”
“Changing the zoning district will bring the properties into zoning compliance,” said Erris Dunston, the city planning director. “It is more in harmony, but it’s not perfect.”
Because it was the city taking that initiative, no property owners were charged for the rezoning process. The planning board recommendation will move the matter to a future public hearing before the City Council for a final decision.
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