Council approves zoning amendments

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Atmore City Council adopted a resolution to amend the zoning ordinance table of permitted uses and zoning map at its meeting Monday night.

During a public hearing, City Engineer Greg Vaughn said the resolution would be for amending the city’s zoning table of uses.

“Within residential districts, you can only allow certain things to be there. Within business districts, you can only allow certain things to be there,” Vaughn said. “The recommendations were presented to the planning board for them to make changes to accept and recommend to the council.”

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Vaughn said the recommendations were made because some things needed to be changed or didn’t make sense.

“Thirty things were changed in the uses table,” he said. “There were things that didn’t make sense.”

Another reason why the uses table was changed was because of the perspective industry that will make its home at the Rivercane Industrial Park, Vaughn said.

“Within Rivercane, the city owns 650-700 acres of Rivercane,” he said. “North of (Interstate 65) and west of Highway 21, we have an area set aside for industry.

“Within zoning, there’s two types of industry — M1, which is a light industry, and M2, which is the heavy industry,” he said. “The M1 definition is a clean, quiet or free of hazardous emissions and little traffic type industry. The M1 definition was accepted for that area.”

After the public hearing concluded, the council adopted the resolution for the amending of the zoning ordinance table of uses.

In other business, the council:

• approved an agreement with Brown Precision South Alabama LLC to grant access easement in Rivercane.

Mayor Jim Staff said the access is coming from Highway 14, where the Poarch fire station is located, and the access is for construction only.

• adopted a resolution for the 2016 sidewalk grant, which includes building a sidewalk from the library to Medical Park Drive, and from Medical Park Drive to Tom Byrne Park.

In unrelated business, Staff said the city was informed by the State of Alabama Historical Commission that the Escambia County Training School on Martin Luther King Avenue is now listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.

The register is a prestigious listing of historic, architectural and archeological landmarks.