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Public to weigh in on zoning of proposed annexation area


If Sullivan officials pass the much-discussed annexation ordinances, those living in the area now deemed county property will have to be zoned like their new city neighbors.

On Thursday, Oct. 25, members of the Sullivan City Plan Commission will host a public hearing on the proposed ordinance that would assign zoning classifications to what would become city property.

Sullivan Building Commissioner Brian Pound said, if annexation passes, the parcels of nearly all new city residents will remain the same.

“They will have the same zoning classification as they did when the 2-mile jurisdictional area was in effect,” said Pound, referencing a zoning ordinance abolished by the plan commission a few years ago.

Pound said he met with Plan Commission President Jim Exline and a representative from GAI Consulting, who is working with the city on the annexation plan, to discuss the zoning.

A notice of public hearing was submitted to the Times for publication. It reads that it’s the intention of the Sullivan City Council to “adopt the zoning classification for the annexation territory that most closely corresponds to the current existing use of the property.”

Next week’s hearing begins at 7 p.m. at the Sullivan City Park Shelter House. It will be before the Plan Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting.

All interested persons will be permitted to speak. Written objections to the ordinance filed with the Plan Commission before the public hearing will be considered.

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