Park P&Z works on new mixed-use zone
April 2, 2009 | HYDE PARK -- An ordinance is in the
works by the Planning and Zoning Commission for a buffer
zone between residential and commercial areas near 400
West Street on the south side and near 300 West on the
The buffer zone, also known as a planned professional
zone, would be a mixed use zone that consists of specialty
shops and professional offices, as explained by Susan
Balls, city treasurer, in an e-mail.
The buffer zone is "meant to minimize any adverse
effects on residential property from the commercial
zone," she said.
The City Council seemed to not want free-standing
apartments, Reed Elder, chairman of the commission,
said at Wednesday night's meeting, and seemed to want
more of a mixed area.
Elder said he isn't yet ready to fully discuss the
subject. However, the commission was able to create
a vague outline of how the buffer zone will work.
Commissioner David James suggested that the buffer
zone be under an ordinance rather than being defined
as an area.
James asked, "Do you want the mixed use zone to be
dictated in one area or an ordinance allowing mixed
use in one zone?"
Elder will be following James' suggestion of an ordinance
saying, "I think it's a decent skeleton to start with."
Commissioner Mark Lynn was concerned about how the
documents outlining the rules should be organized. The
ordinance should be written under one document, Lynn
said, or it's going to cause confusion between documents.
There is yet to be an official name for the area.
Elder said the commission will figure one out.