Forest City residents voice concern over zoning changes

Forest City residents voice concern over zoning changes

Posted: Oct 1, 2018 10:52 PM

FOREST CITY, Iowa- The Forest City Council approved a new ordinance that would allow for convenience stores to be built on land that is zoned “Residential Multi Family Optional”: essentially, land meant for housing.
One of the RMO pieces of land is located near the new art building on West J Street. 17 residents spoke at the public forum with 13 explaining they don’t want to see a convenience store located there for a number of reasons including: drainage issues, more traffic, gas tanks, noise pollution and much more.
Mary Farus and her husband, the owners of Sid’s gas station say people have a misconception of what they are envisioning for the piece of land.
“We’re thinking brick and mortar, were thinking stucco and soft corners a nice outdoor seating and a Java corner and things that go with a community,” Farus said.
But this change would not mean just to this area. There are three other pieces of property in Forest City that are zoned RMO.
Something many said needs to be looked at before a decision is made.
“Some time ago the city it was set up in the zoning,” said one resident. “It was set up that way for a purpose. It was so residential would be protected so we could also have expansion and have an organized system.”
The new ordinance does still need to pass the council two more times before an amendment can be made to the current ordinance.

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