The Cleburne City Council will soon announce additional zoning ordinance, map and future land use map updates open house events in order to allow residents more time to review and provide input on proposed ordinance changes. The open house events will take place early next year.
Council members, during their Nov. 9 meeting, tabled a motion to adopt the proposed updates to a later date. Council members also directed city staff to schedule more open house events in early 2022 to provide attendees an opportunity to meet with city staff and ask questions. The updates aim to modernize the city’s tools that guide future development and growth.
“After many months of work, the committee of several community members has presented council with a very good zoning ordinance that will serve our city well for years to come,” Mayor Scott Cain said. “Because this is such a large project, I believe it is important for our community to have time to review the documents and get answers to their questions.
“That is why council tabled the final approval and directed staff to conduct additional town hall meetings after the holidays.”
The city began developing the updates in summer 2020. The plan was developed by an advisory committee consisting of residents, local business owners, the development community and elected and appointed officials.
“The proposed updates are good thanks to the hard work from community members over the past year and a half,” Cain said.
The zoning ordinance and map regulate the development of buildings, activities and land us. The purpose of the updates is to comprehensively revise city-wide regulations to shape future growth with a clear community vision, city officials said.
The zoning ordinance and map were last updated in 1996. Official say the 26-year-old plan is now outdated and inconsistent with the vision and goals set forth in the city’s 2014 comprehensive plan. The revised zoning ordinance will reflects both current and projected market and neighborhood conditions as well as incorporate best practices for development regulation.
“A project like this is our opportunity as a community to tell the world what we want to look like as we develop,” Mayor Pro Tem Christopher Boedeker said. “It’s important we break this down into smaller pieces and allow the community to have their questions answered at the granular level.”
The open houses, once scheduled, will be announced on Cleburne.net, social media and by postcards delivered to property owners.
“I hope this additional time gives community members more opportunity to review the updates and ask questions,” Cain said.
Residents may also contact the city’s planning staff for questions and information about the update directly. Cleburne.net also contains access to the proposed update documents and an interactive map where users can type in their address and see the proposed changes for that property.
Existing uses such as homes and businesses are grandfathered in and will not have to make immediate changes.