Southeast Quincy continues to be focus of comprehensive plan debate
2 months ago by Bob Gough
Residents show up to ensure certain areas will stay residential
The City Council’s adoption of a comprehensive land use plan received a first reading Monday night.
Three speakers who live in the City’s southeast section spoke about how they want the plan to conform to what was first discussed back in 2006.
Family members of the Deters Land Trust asked the city change the zoning between 4500 and 5400 State to a mix of commercial, multi-family residential and single-family residential as the family owns several acres of land in that area.
City Planner Chuck Bevelheimer said the plan has taken this long to bring to a vote because the City opted to work on it in house rather than hire a consultant. He said what the Deters family is proposing now is “much more significant” than what it in the 2006 plan. He said landowners can always request special use permits if they wish to make changes.
Former 5th Ward Alderman Chuck Fitch was one of the speakers. He was an alderman in 2006 and said he felt a responsibility to revisit the issue after several people had concerns, which were expressed at last week’s Plan Commission meeting.
“It was our understanding the 2006 plan was a compromise…we don’t understand the seismic shift,” said Bill Sanders.
Fitch said he thought the issue was settled back in 2006, but after speaking to one member of the Deters family on the issue,he said “we respectfully agreed to disagree.”
“The Deters family can come back later and make requests for changes,” Fitch said. “We understand they have a valuable asset….you have to consider the people in that area have an asset…their home.”
The issue received a first of three readings.
Alderman Paul Havermale (R-3rd Ward) followed up on a request for an update on the city’s recent spending on hydroelectric power. It will be heard next week.
New GREDF President Marcel Wagner also introduced himself to the City Council. He said he hoped to build on the city’s heritage and work on more public and private partnerships for economic development.