City Plan Commission to revisit zoning

A long-in-the-works plan to revisit the zoning in Downtown Elmwood is moving forward. On Monday, D1 Council Member Scott Griggs announced that Plan Commissioner Chad West has launched a look at improving the zoning in the Elmwood Business District.

The Elmwood Neighborhood Association (ENA) reached out to Mr. Griggs earlier this year to begin that process, which first consists of a formal request to authorize a public hearing "to determine the proper zoning on property zoned CR Community Retail District" within the 14-acre boundary of our neighborhood commercial district – famous for its role in the movie "Born on the Fourth of July." Public meetings will then take place with residents, landowners and business owners to gather input and let the City Plan Commission know what the neighborhood wants for this area.

Land use changes are meant to guide future development and can result in a number of options, such as allowing or restricting certain uses (beer & wine, auto mechanic, outdoor patio) or setbacks and building heights, for example. In the area surrounding the Bishop Arts District, rezoning resulted in apartment blocks that were feared to tower over existing buildings; on Ross Avenue, once-ubiquitous auto mechanic shops were forced to close in exchange for more restaurants.

In 2008, Elmwood resident and architect Edwin Mole gathered community feedback and studied potential improvements to the Elmwood Commercial District.

In 2008, Elmwood resident and architect Edwin Mole gathered community feedback and studied potential improvements to the Elmwood Commercial District.

The hope of ENA is that any rezoning of Downtown Elmwood will make the area safer and more walkable and benefit the neighborhood first and foremost, which is why attending these public meetings – to be announced in the near future – will be of utmost importance. 

Check back soon for updates on this exciting development so that you can make your voice heard.

Rezoning may help activate vacant spaces like this former gas station at 2003 S. Edgefield.

Rezoning may help activate vacant spaces like this former gas station at 2003 S. Edgefield.