Citizens Voice Opposition, Council Votes to Rezone
Posted on January 31, 2013
The Pulaski City Council met this afternoon to hold a public hearing on the issue of rezoning land on Magazine Road and to vote on whether to rezone it.
Two residents of the area voiced their opposition to the proposed rezoning, citing concerns about the sort of people they felt might move into the area if the rezoned land is turned into an apartment complex. They said they felt apartments in the area have made the quality of the neighborhood go down. They are concerned about the increased traffic that a new apartment complex would bring, as well as the problem of density -having more people in that area. A petition, bearing the signatures of 20 area residents, also voiced citizen opposition.
The council considered their concerns and reminded those in attendance that they could not consider what type of housing -low or high cost- might be built there. They also sympathized with the issue of traffic in the area. The issue, however, was on a deadline and in order to get funding for his apartment complex, the developer had to have the property rezoned today. The council’s only decision today was whether to rezone the property -not what sort of housing could potentially be built there.
After the meeting, a motion was made to table the vote until the next meeting. Tabling the issue would have ended the project, as the deadline for the developer to obtain financing is tomorrow. The motion to table the issue failed and the motion to rezone the land passed with a vote of 4-3.
This vote does not mean that new apartments will be built and concerned citizens still have time to voice their support or opposition to the project. The issue is now in the hands of the planning commission.