Commission approves Fareway rezone
By: Laura Millsaps
Updated 05/22/2008 12:00:43 PM CDT
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A Fareway grocery store at Bloomington and Stange roads became one step closer to reality at Wednesday night's Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting.
The commission unanimously recommended the rezoning of land at the site from medium density residential to convenience commercial node. It now moves to final approval at the Ames City Council's next meeting. The vote was 5-0, with two commissioners absent.
The rezoning approval is one of the last steps necessary to proceed with Uthe Development's project at the site. The council approved a necessary map amendment to the land use policy plan at its meeting May 13.
The rezone to commercial convenience is made possible by a narrowly tailored land-use amendment passed by the council Dec. 19. Proposed by Councilman Matthew Goodman in September, the land-use amendment was crafted to allow exceptions to the land-use criteria for placement of commercial areas, in order to provide services the nearby Somerset Village concept had failed to. The amendment's criteria specifically restricted uses to a grocery store, convenience store, car wash and medical clinic. A more broadly worded land-use amendment had failed earlier that month.
The amendment proved controversial, with two split votes occurring Dec. 19 before a 5-1 approval vote from the council that night.
The next meeting of the City Council is Tuesday, May 27.
Laura Millsaps can be reached at 232-2161, Ext. 342, or [email protected].
So, Somerset's town center didn't attract a grocery store. This Fareway will be going into a previously single-use residential place just to the north of it. It's good to see people are willing to mix uses.