Council to take up zoning restrictions

Friday, June 6, 2008

Lewisburg's City Council faces a mixed bag of issues, including public hearings on the types of businesses allowed around the public square and rezoning more than a dozen homes on Fifth Avenue to a commercial classification.

The Council is to conduct public hearings starting at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 131 East Church St., where other steps have been taken to revitalize Lewisburg's public square and the blocks surrounding that central business district.

A Downtown Alliance has been formed to further the cause.

"We want to revitalize our downtown," Mayor Bob Phillips said. "Certain types of business don't fit into that vision and we needed to rezone in order to maintain what we have and protect it against businesses that might not be a good fit for our downtown."

Technically, the public hearing is on a chart of permitted uses for downtown property and that chart is to be contained in a proposed ordinance to amend the city's zoning code. Check cashing, title and loan businesses would...for the rest of this informative story pick up a copy of the Marshall County Tribune!