Commercial re-zoning change action topic for P&Z board Thursday

A long-standing request to rezone several areas of Rockdale to allow more commercial development will be an action topic for the city Planning & Zoning Commission in a 2 p.m. meeting Thursday at City Hall.

Last spring the city promised to re-visit zoning after a request to open an antique store just outside an Ackerman Street "heavy commercial" zone was denied.

Council members at the time expressed surprise that areas outside downtown along city thoroughfares, including FM 487 (Ackerman) and FM 908 (Main) had not received the C-2 (heavy commercial) designation.

Areas under consideration for re-zoning Thursday are:

• Property north of San Andres Street, north along Main Street (FM 908 north) and north along Ackerman (FM 487 north) to the northern city limits.

• Property south of Mill Street and south along Oak Street (FM 908 south) including parts of Sixth Street and Mulberry Street to the southern city limits.

• Property south of the railroad tracks and south along Wilcox Street (FM 487 south) to the southern city limits.

• Property east of Yoakum Street and northeast of Belton Avenue from Yoakum street to the manufactured home park.

City Manager Kelvin Knauf said some of the property under consideration is already designated C-1 (light commercial, not as many businesses allowed) but the item under consideration Thursday is to re-zone it all to C-2.

The Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) can only make a recommendation to the city council which is the only body which can enact re-zoning changes.

However, the current council has expressed a philosophy of following P&Z recommendations.

A public hearing, with citizen comment, will be followed by a vote of the P&Z on the re-zoning proposal.

Attorney selection

The city council was to have met at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall to hire a legal firm to provide City Attorney services.

Interviews were to be conducted with the Michelle Lehmkuhl and Marvin Farek legal firms.

Farek is currently city attorney.

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