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Farmington Council rejects rezoning request

FARMINGTON – The people have spoken, and their words made a difference. A room full of Hillsboro Road and Pine Street residents seemed to be the turning point for the city council Monday night to reject a rezoning request for a piece of property near the intersection of the two roads.

One bill up for consideration was a request to rezone a piece of land at 209 Hillsboro Road, making approximately two-thirds of the tract commercial, while leaving the remainder as residential.

The property in question is currently for sale through the Hulsey Real Estate agency. Reportedly when the homeowner died his grandchildren, located in another state, asked that the land be rezoned to make it more of a draw for commercial use. Already about half of the land is zoned commercial – near the intersection – but the zoning lines make it more difficult to locate a business on the lot.

“The people who elected you are sitting right here, while the granddaughter is in Texas,” Farmington resident Chris Wigger told the council. Wigger was the last to speak on the issue during the public participation portion of the meeting. More than a dozen people living in the immediate area of Pine Street and Hillsboro Road were on hand to speak or be seen as showing support against the rezoning request.

Realtor Cecil Hulsy was also at the meeting and gave a good explanation of how the land is currently zoned, and how the request for rezoning was being presented. He told the council and crowd that there was a list of possible uses for the land as it is currently zoned, and how it could be used after the rezoning and “that list is the same,” Hulsey added.

Despite council members giving input on both sides of the proposed rezoning, it was the vote later in the meeting that made the difference. Seven council members were present for the vote, with Jeannie Roberts being absent from the meeting. Of the seven only one, Jim Kellogg, voted in favor of the rezoning request. The property will keep its current zoning.

In other matters the council learned that there will not be a stoplight at the corner of KREI Boulevard and Karsch Boulevard anytime soon. Councilman Larry Forsythe reported that the state had indicated a stoplight at that intersection would cost $200,000, and that it wasn’t in the current budget. Forsythe said he’s given up hope on the project until the next budget year.

The group also gave a voice vote of approval for Farmington Retail, LLC, to be considered the “preferred developer” in connection with a proposed Tax Increment Financing district in the Maple Valley area. The council’s action made no difference either in favor or against the TIF district, but simply listed the local investment group as the “preferred developer”. More action will be taken on the TIF at future meetings.

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