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COLUMBIA CITY â€” David Sewell, executive director of the Columbia City/Whitley County Joint Planning and Building Department, came before Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council last week to request a change of zoning for a parcel of land within the cityâ€™s jurisdiction.
Sewell requested the parcel be re-zoned from agricultural to general business.
â€śThe size of the parcel that is being requested is just shy of 1.5 acres, located on the north side of West Lincolnway, west of 150 west,â€ť said Sewell.
All adjoining property owners were notified and Sewell said a public hearing was held May 7 on the proposed amendment by the Columbia City Plan Commission.
â€śWe donâ€™t have any kind of negative response from the adjoining property owners or the public,â€ť he said.
After the public hearing, the plan commission gave its favorable recommendation on the petition filed by SDS Communications.
â€śZoning can be a hot button issue at times, and it seems like that, but it works wonders in economic development so I appreciate everything that you and the commission does,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
The council approved the proposed ordinance by title only, and Daniel said they want make the change in a two-step process with a first and second reading.