Proposed overlay district draws crowd

Rachael Herbert-Varchetto
Staff Writer

During last night's (Jan. 29) Plan Commission meeting the public had a lot to say about a proposed zoning change.
Ordinance 15-PC-02 would establish a Commercial Overlay District in Lapaz from US 6 and Michigan Road east to Linden Road.
The ordinance would lay a district over the proposed area and gives the ability for that land to be used for commercial properties, such as hotels, auto repair and retail, fast food and restaurants, bakeries, gas stations, and offices, to name several of the large listing available.
Having the overlay would give those the ability to not go through a hearing about utilizing that property for commercial purposes if it is listed as agricultural or another type of zoning.
The proposed plans would go before the technical review committee to ensure that drainage and setback requirements were met. If approved, it would be the second overlay district in Marshall County for a city, with Plymouth having six in its limits.
After hearing nearly 10 people speak against it, the plan commission voted to recommend that the Marshall County Commissioners vote against the ordinance.
The commissioners stated that for residents who wished to make a case to the County Commissioners against passing the ordinance, they would need to appear at the tentatively set meeting on Feb. 16. For more details see today's Pilot News.