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Planning Commission Approves Changes to City's Industrial Zones

The commission agreed to amend the current city language so that schools and day care centers may operate in these specially zoned areas with approval of a special permit.

The Planning Commission last week amended current city regulations to allow schools and day care centers to operate in industrial zones. 

According to Planning and Zoning official Barbara Ross, there is a specific proposal from a local early childhood provider to purchase a building on Wheeler Avenue, which precipitated the discussion.

Ross said during the public meeting that City Council took up the issue in December and directed staff to bring forward a text amendment regarding the industrial zone.

In answer to a question from Commission Chairman John Komoroske, Ross said the former site of the GenOn power plant is not zoned industrial.

It is zoned as a utility site, which includes such uses as electrical substation and switching stations; railroad, bus and rail transit passenger stations; railroad switching yards; railroad tracks or a telephone company dial center, along with some other uses which require a special permit such as a helistop or a railroad repair yard.

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