ZONING CHANGE REQUESTED
COLUMBIA CITY — David Sewell, executive director of the Columbia City/Whitley County Joint Planning and Building Department, came before Columbia City’s Common Council last week to request a change of zoning for a parcel of land within the city’s jurisdiction.Sewell requested the parcel be re-zoned from agricultural to general business.“The 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,” 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. “We don’t have any kind of negative response from the adjoining property owners or the public,” he said.After the public hearing, the plan commission gave its favorable recommendation on the petition filed by SDS Communications.“Zoning 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,” 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.