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|Galesburg Unified Development Ordinance Almost Complete
|A project the City of Galesburg first started some eight years ago is almost finally complete.
The Galesburg Plan Commission Tuesday night reviewed a draft of the city's new unified development ordinance, which essentially combines four different development ordinances -- zoning, land development and regulations, sign regulations and drainage -- into one document.
Michael Hoffman is Vice President of Plainfield-based Teska and Associates and has worked on the document with the City, and told the Plan Commission there are some good reasons the four various ordinances should be combined. "Previously, each (ordinance) had their own section on definitions, their own section on procedures," Hoffman said. "There was some duplication, there was some opportunity I guess, for conflicts between the development ordinances and regulations. By putting them into a Unified Development (Ordinance), all of that is much more consistent and in one place. So, when someone new comes to town that wants to do a project, everything's in one convenient spot for them to look at and review."
Among the proposed changes...the combining of the city's Plan Commission and Zoning Board, the creation of several new zoning districts while combining others, the creation of landscaping regulations for retail developments, and some other things. The plan commission Monday night asked that regulations for wind turbines and solar panels be added to the new ordinance as well.
City officials say the hope is to have public hearings soon on the Unified Development Ordinance, with possible city council approval of the text of the ordinance by the end of the year, with development and approval of a new zoning map after that.
|08 26 08 by Newsroom
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