East Bethel zoning change talk deferred to workshop

The East Bethel City Council May 7 agreed to delay a decision regarding zoning changes until after a May 21 work session.

It must decide on changes needed for future development, recommended by the Planning Commission and prompted by zoning adjustments needed for the Classic Commercial Park.

Three areas would need to be rezoned: Land west of Ulysses Street Northeast and south of 189th Avenue Northeast would go from business or residential to light industrial; a site north of Viking Boulevard Northeast and about a half-mile east of Highway 65 would go from residential to a business or highway commercial status; and a parcel east of Highway 65 and north of Klondike Drive Northeast would go from residential to a business or highway commercial designation.

City Administrator Jack Davis said, “This area has been discussed as a priority for the past two years.”

After Mayor Bob DeRoche called to table the discussion, council members asked a few questions. Davis said the 22 affected property owners had been notified of the potential changes by letter, and the Planning Commission held a public hearing in April. He said none of the people notified had expressed opposition to the proposed changes.