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Stantec : City asking for residents' opinions on zoning desires

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03/21/2017 | 06:16 am

March 21--The city of Palestine wants residents' opinions on how they would like the zoning code to be changed.

The city has posted an online survey asking citizens what they would like to see in Palestine's future development.

The city first started working on changing the zoning code when the consultants met with about 30 residents Feb. 21 at Palestine Junior High School to get opinions on what is wanted.

Zoning consultants, Stantec, conducted a hands-on activity and asked residents to fill out forms to tell them what zoning issues they valued the most.

The city's zoning steering committee, in conjunction with the city's Development Services Department and consultants, is in the process of updating the city's zoning code. The zoning code was implemented in 1968, and it was last updated in 1992.

The survey, found online at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/HNF8KYC, gives residents choices on preferences on development, like shopping centers, downtown developments, apartment complexes and residential neighborhoods. The surveys also give residents the option on how these developments might look.

Stantec will collect and analyze the online and paper surveys for the Zoning Steering Committee. The committee will then advise the consultants and development services on the future zoning code update.

City spokesman Nate Smith said it eventually would go before the Palestine City Council after the surveys are collected and analyzed by the consultants.

The consultants, along with the zoning steering committee and city staff, will discuss the updated code before it goes to council for its vote, Smith said.

The approval process will first start with the planning and zoning commission's recommendation before going to the council, he said.

The entire process to create a new code will take between eight and nine months, Smith said.

The survey will remain open until April 6. For more information on the city's zoning code update, visit the city's website at cityofpalestinetx.com

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