The Denison Planning and Zoning Commission cleared the way Tuesday for changes to city ordinance that would open up infill development incentives for land that had previously never been platted. The move comes after the P&Z tabled the item in order to consider changes to the city’s infill overlay district and get more information about the affected properties during its last meeting.
After a unanimous vote by the commission, the ordinance change will now be considered by the city council at a future meeting.
“We feel this is in keeping with the goals of the city’s residential overlay district,” Interim Planning Director Phyllis Jarrell said Tuesday.
With this change, Jarrell said the city would be better able to utilize land while also increasing the number of residential developments within the city’s core.
Upon request, city staff presented the commission with a map of the lots within the city that have never been platted. In May, commissioners voiced concerns about dedicating these properties to affordable housing uses when other uses and levels of development were possible.
These lots include parcels that were never developed, lots with single buildings on larger parcels that were never been platted, and some properties that never needed plats previously. As an example of this, Development Services Director Gabe Reaume said many former school lots, include the site of the former Layne Elementary School, were never required to be platted.
“After looking at most of these (lots), we discovered that most of the unplatted properties are located in the…
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