BY COUNCILOR GILBERT:
The city of Duluth does ordain:
Section 1. That Plate No. 23 of the zoning district maps as contained in the Appendix to Chapter 50 of the Duluth City Code 1959, as amended, is amended to read as follows:
(Reference Planning Commission File No. 05026)
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 reclassifies from S, Suburban, to R-1-b, Single Family Residential, R-2, Two Family Residential, and R-3, Apartment Residential, property located on the southwest side of Rice Land Road, roughly between Trinity Road and Quince Street 300 feet east of Anderson Road. The rezoning will facilitate the development of the property into apartment, townhomes and single-family home site. The applicant states that this rezoning will be in the public interest because “there is a strong need for additional multi-family/apartment housing in Duluth.”
The Duluth city planning commission unanimously approved this zoning change following a public hearing held March 14, 2006. The commissioners based their recommendation on the following:
1. The proposed zoning districts, and specifically, the R-3, Apartment Residential, zone is located along major transportation infrastructure corridors (a trunk highway and transit routes) that can handle additional demand.
2. The proposed zoning districts will utilize existing utility infrastructure that has capacity to handle additional demand.
3. The proposed zoning districts are centrally located in the city and close to existing service centers at the mall and Downtown and is in close proximity Lake Superior College.
4. The arrangement of the propose zoning districts are expansions of existing R-3 and R-1-b zones with a R-2 zone in the middle to serve as a transition from apartments to single-family homes.
5. The proposed zoning districts are large enough so that the site can be configured to allow appropriate buffers between the new development and existing homes.
6. The proposed zoning district will allow for the construction of single-family homes, townhomes and apartments to meet strong demand for these housing types as documented in the 2003 state of housing report.
Estimated tax impact: When all phases of the proposal have been constructed the site is estimated to generate $382,931 per year in tax revenues, of which $78,115 would go to the city of Duluth and $36,792 to Independent School District 709.