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Ordinance would re-zone two vacant lots from Office to Neighborhood Commercial

By Bill Short

Flag City LogoThe Millington Board of Mayor and Aldermen has passed an ordinance on first reading that would re-zone property on Highway 51 from Office to Neighborhood Commercial.
Board members took the action during their May 9 regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Mike Caruthers and seconded by Alderman Frankie Dakin.
The motion was passed by five affirmative votes, with Aldermen Larry Dagen and Hank Hawkins absent.
The proposed ordinance is scheduled for a public hearing and final reading at the board’s June 13 meeting. It would re-zone two parcels containing 0.362 acres on Highway 51 from O, Office, to B-1, Neighborhood Commercial district.
At its April 18 meeting, the Millington Planning Commission reviewed the proposed zoning change and recommended that the board approve it.
Charles Goforth, planning consultant for the city, said shortly before the vote that the two parcels are vacant lots on the east side of Highway 51 immediately south of the Bancorp South building.
He said properties in Millington that are zoned Office, especially on Highway 51, have “very little value” and are “not highly desirable,” because that classification is “so restricted” on how it can be used. But he noted that offices can also be located in Commercial districts.
Goforth said the parcel owners originally requested B-2, General Commercial, which is a “higher classification.” But in “working with the neighbors,” he believes it is “more appropriate to transition” from the B-2 on the west side of the highway to the “lesser zoning” of B-1.
“It’s kind of a transition and buffer to the other neighborhood,” he noted. “But it allows the use of the property and gives a few more uses, even though it’s not wide open.”

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