The two-mile extra-territorial zoning that has been so hotly opposed by most of the area's rural residents was approved Monday.
There was no public hearing on the matter for Monday's meeting on the issue, so no discussion proceeded the council's unanimous vote to approve the ordinance.
That ordinance is a total overhaul of the zoning ordinance. It includes the two-mile extra-territorial zoning that was passionately opposed by landowners in the area. It also re-zones the city of Centerville, as well, to fit with priorities set out in the new comprehensive plan.
Inside the council packet for Monday's meeting was an analysis by city officials regarding zoning in other Iowa counties. Of the 99 counties, 76 have county zoning. Of the remaining 23, only six have a major city with two-mile zoning approved.
Wapello and Monroe counties are the only contiguous counties that officials identified as having county-wide zoning. Chariton has implemented two-mile zoning in Lucas County.
After the council approved the second reading, they unanimously approved suspending the rules and waiving the third reading. They then had another unanimous vote to formally approve the ordinance, the final approval needed in its pathway.
The county can choose to zone the area, which one resident requested they do if the city went through with their zoning ordinance that included the area. Mark McGill, who owns property in the two-mile area, has become somewhat of a spokesman and told the county individuals in the area would prefer the county zone the area if it was to be zoned.
Opponents of the proposal have often pointed to those owning land or living in the area not having a say in the elected officials of Centerville that are imposing zoning on their land.
In other news:
— The council was slated to have a public hearing and act on a proposed budget amendment, but those items were struck by the council from the agenda at the start of their meeting.
— Centerville was awarded a $49,168 match grant from The Wellmark Foundation, which will go toward a project to create an integrated sidewalk and trail system, using Safe Routes to School concepts. The city of Centerville is contributing $18,350 in in-kind work and $32,700 in funds. An Iowa Department of Transportation grant program will contribute $375,000 of the project's cost.
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