Park planning commission amends commercial road access
By Mark Vuong
February 20, 2009 | HYDE PARK -- New rules for road
access within commercial zones were approved Wednesday
by the city's Planning and Zoning Commission.
The ordinance passed on a 5-0 vote and will now go
to the City Council for adoption.
In the new proposal, commercial zones must make their
road access no less than 40 feet, and no more than 80
feet, with a minimum of 20 feet on each side of the
property line. For example, a commercial zone may decide
to have a 20-foot access on one side and a 40-foot on
the other for a total of 60 feet.
The current ordinance states the access cannot total
more than 40 feet.
Commissioner David James said semi-trucks need at
least a 66-foot access to turn, and under the current
ordinance they don't have enough room.
"The purpose of it is to give them enough room for
them to do what they need to do," said James.
During discussion, the members at first opted to not
put a cap on the access and to leave it at no less than
40 feet. Later, James said he was afraid someone would
come in and make a large access and wanted to put a
cap on it.
In other business, the members also voted 5-0 to pass
the General Trail Plan on to the council.