New Zoning Ordinances being drafted and discussed.
Last night, at 5pm, the Page City Council had a joint workshop session with the Planning and Zoning Commission to discuss specific areas of the new zoning codes. According to Kim Johnson, City of Page Community Development Director, the zoning codes and ordinances are being completely over-hauled and rewritten; it is currently over 300 pages in length.
The Planning and Zoning Commission has been working with Michael Baker, International since early 2016 to assist the Commission and the Zoning Task Force in drafting new zoning codes.
The discussion covered:
A project status report, and key zoning code revisions. These key revisions encompassed the roles and responsibilities of the City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission and Department. Reviewed throughout the workshop it was discussed that the City does not have multiple guidelines or procedures in place that it should. One prime example of this is what event defines either a major or minor zoning amendment.
At one point, Council Member Dennis Warner asked if any business that will be affected by these changes (specifically the houseboat storage yards on Haul Rd.) were invited to any of the Commission’s meetings. Kim Johnson responded that no, specific businesses were not informed due to the fact that these were public meetings.
Being proposed are major changes throughout the city that will affect practically every business type within the area. On last night’s list, the following drafted/proposed ordinance/code changes were discussed:
Automobile/boat repair and outside storage facilities
Home based occupations (this is an abbreviated version; according to the representative from Michael Baker, International, there is a much longer list)