City Council approves zoning change for new law office

A zoning change on this property at Fifth and State Streets was approved by the city council Tuesday night, Dec. 13.
A zoning change on this property at Fifth and State Streets was approved by the city council Tuesday night, Dec. 13.
After hearing further testimony Tuesday night, Dec. 13, the Albion City Council voted 3-1 to approve a zoning district change for two lots on the south side of State Street (Highway 91) in Albion.
Half Moon Investments, LLC, owned by Jeff and Lindsey Jarecki, sought the zoning change from R-2 medium density residential to C-2 downtown commercial, in order to build a new 4,000-square-foot law office near the Fifth and State Street intersection. The property currently serves as a parking lot for Zion Lutheran Church across Fifth Street. The Jareckis plan to provide a parking lot with their business that will be open for church use on evenings and weekends.
The zoning change request has been the subject of several public hearings. It was recommended for approval by the Albion Planning Commission.
Opponents have contended that rezoning of the two lots constitutes “spot zoning” and would reduce property values of surrounding homes.
Council member Jon Porter voted against approval. He sought to table the matter to get more information on how the commercial development would impact residential property values in the area. His motion died for lack of a second.
Voting in favor of the motion to approve the zoning change were Councilmen Walt Hoefer, Marcus Johnson and Jim Riedmiller.
The council also approved first reading of an ordinance that would amend the zoning map to affect the new zoning designation of the two lots.
Council approved final adoption of two annexation ordinances that will bring residential property developments into the city limits. Andersen Subdivision adds more than 20 residential lots south of the Albion Family Aquatic Center, and the Pochop Subdivision brings three lots on south Third Street into the city limits.
The council also approved a replat application from Tim Kayton replat a series of lots in the west part of town into one for development of a new 12-unit apartment complex. The development plan includes vacation of Market Street and one designated alley between 10th and 11th Streets.
More details coming in the Dec. 21 Albion News Print and E-Editions.