By Bill Short
Board members took the action during their May 13 regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Jon Crisp and seconded by Alderman Al Bell.
The ordinance was passed on first reading at the board’s March 11 meeting.
Last fall, the Millington Municipal Planning Commission directed city planning consultant Charles Goforth to prepare a “comprehensive re-zoning plan” to match the Land-Use Plan that is recommended in Millington’s 20-Year Master Plan.
On Jan. 22, the commission conducted a public hearing on the plan and unanimously recommended on Feb. 18 that the board adopt it.
Goforth has noted that, when the Master Plan was prepared, it was determined that Millington has “more than adequate” land for single-family residential use. But with the sale of the Solar Farm, the city needs additional industrial property.
Although more than 2,000 acres are zoned Commercial, Goforth has said less than 400 are being used. So, some of those need to “go away,” and some need to be “relocated to the right places.”
Under the plan, some R-4, High-Density Residential, zoning will be decreased. Goforth has said Millington has approximately 260 vacant acres of R-4 that would produce 3,000 apartment units if it were developed. He has also noted that 42 percent of the houses in the city are currently being rented.
Goforth has said the plan will increase the Agricultural zoning. That is partly because several areas in the northern part of the city are zoned Commercial without utilities to serve it, and where it is not needed.
He has also said the owners of Jones Orchard prefer their land to remain Agricultural rather than be in Residential, because that is their “intended use” for it.
The plan will slightly decrease the R-LL, Large Lot Residential, zoning, because part of it is located in an area that has no sewer service. The R-1, Low-Density Residential, will also be slightly decreased.
But Goforth has said the R-2, Medium-Density Residential, will increase, because there is more area to “buffer” between Commercial and the larger lots.
He has also said the R-5, Residential Mobile Home Park, zoning will be increased, because the trailer park located by the railroad was incorrectly zoned Commercial.
Other zoning decreases are:
(1) B-2, General Commercial, from 1,500 to 1,000 acres
(2) PC, Planned Commercial, by 160 acres
(3) M-3, Restricted Industrial, by 76 acres
Goforth has said the M-P, Planned Industrial, zoning will be increased by 330 acres and the MT, Military, zoning by 160 acres.
The plan will also:
(1) establish the Old Town district for 50 acres in that part of the city;
(2) create an Entertainment Recreation zoning district for the planned construction of a water park; and
(3) create a Fireworks Sales Overlay zoning district for such temporary sales in the city.