Making room for Rochester's new growth

Committee of the Whole discussed rezoning neighborhoods close to the downtown area.

Posted: Oct 29, 2018 11:10 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn.- The Committee of the Whole talked about rezoning neighborhoods near downtown like the Slatterly Park Neighborhood. And it's all to make sure the people moving to Rochester have a place to live.

The city hired a consultant company to come in to Rochester and look at their land development manual to see where changes may be necessary.

Rezoning in the neighborhoods around downtown may be necessary to allow higher density housing to be built like apartment complexes.

City Council member Mark Bilderback represents the 4th ward which encompasses most of the core downtown neighborhoods that could be up for rezoning and redevelopment. He says while this affects everyone in Rochester, those who live in these neighborhoods should be especially prepared. "If they wish to keep their home, they're fine. What they need to find out though is to look into it to see what future developments might be because there will be people who decide they want to sell and take and run."

Bilderback tells me that if you are in a neighborhood that could be rezoned, you'll get a postcard in the mail telling you about the opportunities for public input.

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