The Nicholson City Council approved its first-ever zoning ordinance Monday night but not before it changed the proposed zoning on 11.43 acres.
City attorney Rob Russell said at Thursday’s work session the city’s new zoning ordinance has four classifications, and the map leaves all property zoned in accordance with how it’s currently being used, he said.
“We are not asking anyone to change the use of their property,” Russell added.
The zoning classifications are: ARR1, agricultural; R2, residential-manufactured homes; R1, residential-stick built homes; and commercial/business.
Russell said one reason the council is adopting the zoning is because the county could object to any annexation into the city without the zoning in place.
In a related move, Larry Farmer asked the council to change the zoning on his property on Cabin Creek Drive at J.S. Williamson Court from ARR1 to allow him to subdivide the property.
“I am asking for the change before the zoning becomes law,” Farmer said. “There is no zoning at this time, correct?”
Mayor Ronnie Maxwell said, “I don’t see any problem with changing the map before it is adopted.”
The zoning ordinance was approved with the stipulation that Farmer’s property be changed from ARR1 to R2.