In Decatur, the Planning Commission approves the land use designation and zoning of perspective annexation properties before the City Commission votes to accept the annexation request.
Last evening, the Planning Commission watched a presentation by HGOR [of a conceptual plan [which was covered in a 6/25/09 inDECATUR post -- complete with maps and plans], then approved the requested land use classification and mixed use zoning, with some minor conditions. [See the official meeting summary for details.]
Only a handful of citizens remained after the lengthy RMS Gym discussion. There were no strong objections.
A resident of Sycamore Station expressed safety concerns with having parallel parking in front of the storefronts on Winn Way.
One neighbor asked if it would increase pedestrian traffic on Pinehurst. The planner said he hoped so, as he hoped those living in Sycamore Ridge, Decatur Heights, and Sycamore Station would view this as a sub-hub of Decatur (similar to Oakhurst). He did note the entrance was offset from Pinehurst to discourage auto traffic on Pinehurst.
Earlier in the evening, City manager Peggy Merriss made a presentation to the School Board (see earlier post), which has established a special session for 7/27. It is expected to send an opinion letter to the Ciy.
The next step in the annexation process is a hearing during the City Commission meeting on 8/3.
Bear in mind: DeVry has not yet sold the property. The ultimate owner and/or developer may have other plans, but whatever they are, they'll have to comply with the land use designation and zoning, unless either is changed (which doesn't seem likely) -- assuming the property is annexed, which seems very likely.