05-009-O

ORDINANCE NO. __________


AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 50 OF THE DULUTH CITY CODE 1959, AS AMENDED, ZONING DISTRICT MAP NO. 14 AS CONTAINED IN THE APPENDIX TO CHAPTER 50, TO PROVIDE FOR THE RECLASSIFICATION FROM S, SUBURBAN, TO S-2, SUBURBAN RESIDENTIAL, PROPERTY LOCATED EAST OF SKYLINE PARKWAY AND SOUTH OF EARL STREET (CHARLES BELL).

BY COUNCILOR GILBERT:

The city of Duluth does ordain:

     Section 1. That Plate No. 14 of the zoning district map as contained in the Appendix to Chapter 50 of the Duluth City Code, 1959, is amended to read as follows:

(MAP)

(reference File No. 05008)

     Section 2. That this ordinance shall take effect and be in force 30 days from and after its passage and publication.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This zoning ordinance amendment provides a zoning change, from S, Suburban, to S-2, Suburban Residential, 11.5 acres located east of Skyline Parkway and south of Earl Street, at 7402 West Skyline Parkway in the Bay View Heights area of the West Duluth neighborhood. This rezoning is to facilitate new residential development.


The applicant had petitioned for R-1-b zoning, based on the adjoining classification, and stated that "this rezoning will be in the public interest because it will increase needed housing diversity within the Duluth city limits."


The Duluth city planning commission unanimously approved this zoning change following a public hearing held March 8 and continued on March 23, 2005. On March 8, 2005, the planning commission held a public hearing on a request to rezone to R-1-b, One Family Residential, and tabled action to allow time for consideration of an alternative zoning classification. An informal meeting was held on March 16, to discuss alternatives. Specifically considered was S-2 as a zoning option.


In recommending approval of the zoning change to S-2, the commission made the following findings of fact in support of the change:

     (1)  This property adjoins R-1-b zoning to the north and is surrounded by S, Suburban. An S-2 provides a transition from the R-1-b which has municipal utilities and the S which has none;

     (2)  The S-2 is a comparable zone to the existing S zone, and based on prevalent interpretation of "open space preservation" and the undeveloped areas along Skyline Parkway, this is not a spot zone;

     (3)  Topography and other natural features will likely limit maximum development of the property.

 

Date of Certification: February 3, 2005
Action Deadline: May 31, 2005


This ordinance change should have no effect on the tax base.

 

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