UNION — The City of Union is changing the way properties annexed into the city are zoned and how the city’s Planning Commission notifies the public of a proposed rezoning.
During its December meeting Tuesday evening, Union City Council voted unanimously to approve second and final reading of an ordinance amending the city’s Zoning Ordinance. The amendment states that this is designed to “revise the procedure by which annexed property is assigned a zoning designation and the procedure by which the City of Union Planning Commission provides notice of a proposed property rezoning; and other matters related thereto.”
The amendment was prepared for council’s consideration by Robby Moody, Senior Planner for the Catawba Regional Council of Governments. In the background portion of his presentation to council, Moody states that the City Attorney’s office had “identified a few shortcomings in the existing Zoning Code regarding annexation procedures and collaborated with Planning Department staff” to draft the proposed amendments. Moody further stated that the proposed amendments included “the provision of a public hearing and public notice to recommend a zoning district designation for the subject property. This new procedure will improve the transparency of the annexation process.”
Section 104 of the Zoning Code which governs the annexation of territory into the city was amended to include the following language outlining how the zoning designation of annexed property will determined using the following procedures:
(a) Upon receipt of a petition for annexation of property into the corporate limits of the City, such petition shall be sent to the City Council for first reading for consideration of both the annexation petition and the zoning designation to be assigned to the property to be annexed;
(b) The petition shall then be forwarded to the Planning Commission which shall make a recommendation to the City Council regarding the appropriate zoning designation to be assigned to the property to be annexed. The Planning Commission shall conduct a public hearing on the matter of the zoning designation, which shall be advertised and conducted in accordance with Section 123.3: Action by Planning Commission of this Ordinance.
(c) The Planning Commission shall then forward its recommendation regarding the zoning designation the City Council for second reading and confirmation of the zoning designation and final action regarding the annexation of the subject property.
(d) A petitioner may withdraw the petition prior to final adoption of the annexation ordinance by City Council.
(e) City Council shall then conduct second reading to consider the proposed annexation and the zoning designation that is to be assigned to the property to be annexed. Upon approval of second reading, the property shall be annexed into the City and shall be assigned the appropriate zoning designation as approved by the City Council.
Section 121 of the Zoning Code which governs Amendments to the code was amended to include the following language outlining the amendment process:
121. 3 Action By The Planning Commission
(a) Planning Commission Consideration
The Planning Commission shall consider and make written recommendations to the City Council concerning each proposed amendment, supplement, change or repeal of any restriction, boundary, zoning, or approved map set forth in or established by this ordinance.
(b) Public Hearing
The Planning Commission shall conduct a public hearing prior to making a recommendation to the City Council pursuant to subsection (a) hereof. Any such public hearing shall be conducted and advertised pursuant to subsections (c) and/or (d) hereof.
(c) Notice Of Hearing
A notice of a public hearing shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation. The notice shall be published at least fifteen days prior to the hearing. The notice shall be blocked in, carry an appropriate descriptive title and shall state the time, dates and place of the hearing. The Planning Commission at the close of the public hearing may defer taking lawful action on the proposed amendment until it has sufficient time to consider any new evidence or suggestions presented at the public hearing.
(d) Notice of Hearing: Zoning And Rezoning
Where the Planning Commission is to consider a request to zone or rezoning property, in addition to the requirements of subsection (c) hereof, conspicuous notice shall be posted on or adjacent to the subject property, with at least one such notice being visible from each public thoroughfare that abuts the property.
In other business, council reappointed the following persons to the following boards:
• George Ashmore to a three-year term on the Zoning Board of Appeals.
• Dennis Langley, Tradd Bruce, and Jackie Earls to four-year terms each on the Building Board Of Appeals.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or email@example.com.