In an unusual move, the Harrison City Council recently approved a rezoning request for a family without going through a formal process that can usually take months.

The property at 701 Hester Drive, zoned R2 general residential, is now zoned C3 highway commercial after the council agreed to expedite the process for the family. Amber Tabor, representing the family, emotionally made the plea to allow the move forward to provide comfort for the seriously ill owner of the property who wants to complete the transaction with investors as soon as possible.

The request went through the Harrison Planning Commission, said Alderman Joel Williams, who serves as the council’s liaison on the commission. The commission advanced the request to the council and Williams made a motion recommending the rezoning.

Aldermen unanimously voted to place the rezoning ordinance on its first reading, then suspended the rules and put the ordinance on its second and third readings by title only. It was then passed unanimously with an emergency clause that puts the ordinance into effect upon publication. Normally an ordinance takes effect 30 days after it has been published in the newspaper.

In contrast, an ordinance that was brought to the council seeking rezoning of four lots of the Ozark Subdivision from R2 to C3 has been on the council’s agenda since last April.

The matter had been before the Planning Commission for over a year and it held a public hearing earlier this year on the proposal involving lots 2, 3, 5 and 6 of the Ozark Meadows subdivision. These lots are located adjacent to Kenilworth Drive, Meadow Lane Circle and U.S. 62/65 North. The petition for rezoning was presented by Afton Campbell, Ernie McElroy, Barbara Trout and William Rex Lovelace.

The rezoning ordinance was read for its third time and was passed without the emergency clause meaning the ordinance will not take effect until the end of July.

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Since my appointment in October, 2017 to fill out the term of Christy Conrad, my intent has to be expeditious on all matters coming before the Planning Commission.
Minutes and people who have attended meetings can confirm my intent, whether pro or con my opinion or vote.
As far as the concerns expressed in article, the Ozark Meadows property had many more complications than the Hester Drive property.
Goes back to a deed of dedication back in the 1960’s. When Ozark Meadows Subdivision was created – minimal commercial property in that area at that time. There was a covenant requiring “a majority of the owners of the lots” to change zoning.
The Hester Drive property was not part of a subdivision, it adjoined property previously owned by library that had been rezoned C3 several years ago. That property was purchased by Cornerstone Bank, and there are several commercial projects in the planning.
I walked the property with the owner and could see the benefits to the city.

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