Patterson Park Hosts Zoning Meeting

In another effort to let residents and business owners in the South Maney Avenue study area have an opportunity to learn about proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance and the creation of a City Core Overlay (CCO) district, Murfreesboro planners are hosting a neighborhood meeting July 25 at 5 p.m. in Patterson Park Community Center, 521 Mercury Blvd.

The meeting will be open to the public and all those interested in the zoning for the S. Maney Study Area.
During its regular meeting on May 2, the Planning Staff briefed the Planning Commission members on the proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance and were encouraged to move forward with having this neighborhood meeting.

“The July 25 meeting is an opportunity for property owners, residents and anybody interested in learning about the amendments proposed to create the City Core Overlay (CCO),” Planning Director Joseph Aydelott said.

The first 15 to 20 minutes will allow opportunities to see the exhibits, review the handout materials and socialize a bit, Aydelott explained. Then there will be a formal 30-minute presentation by the Planning Staff, followed by a questions and answers period.

The meeting should be over by 7 or 7:30 p.m., he said. The Director pointed out this will be a public ‘meeting’ and not a public ‘hearing’ though he and his staff will ask people to send their thoughts and comments by mail, email, or by responding online.

“We will invite those wanting to discuss how the proposed regulations will apply in particular situations to contact the Planning Staff directly,” he said. Revitalization of the South Maney Avenue area has been a long process and keeping area residents and business owners informed has been one of the primary goals, he said. Holding periodic public meetings has been one way to do that.

“We have been planning this meeting for several months now and it has been discussed at Planning Commission meetings,” Aydelott said. “The May 2 meeting was almost exclusively devoted to the amendments themselves and at that time a tentative calendar was discussed for the adoption of the amendments.”

Just after July 4, he said, ad advertisement will be run in the Murfreesboro Post, he expects to appear on Ron Washington's talk show "The Beat Goes On" on July 22, and information will be available on the city’s website and CableTV on Comcast Channel 3 and AT&T Channel 99. Details will also be available on the city’s Facebook page, which can be accessed from the website’s home page.

After July 4, signs will be placed throughout the area, he said. An overview of the proposed changes to the Zoning Ordinance is available here along with a Questions and Answers pamphlet.

“The July 25 meeting will be an opportunity for property owners, residents, and anybody interested in learning about the proposed changes to amendments to the zoning ordinance to create the City Core Overlay (CCO) district, Aydelott said.

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