Zoning proposal met with concern

Published 8:39pm Saturday, January 26, 2013

Because of voiced interest to build smaller garden homes in the Crowne Ridge subdivision, located in Ward 2, residents have requested that the city council consider enforcing new zoning laws that would place restrictions on home and lot sizes.

Currently, the subdivision has R-50 zoning, which is minimal zoning that allows almost anything to be built on lots in the neighborhood, Ward 2 representative Susan Keith said.

After voicing their concerns, subdivision residents and Speir Land Company, who owns the land in Crowne Ridge, settled on increasing the zoning to R-60.

“It will place restrictions of the size of the homes, which currently there are no restrictions,” Keith said. “Somebody could buy a lot and put a shed home in there right now if they wanted to. The new zoning will set minimum square footage requirements and the homes will be have to be up to certain standards.”

Because Crowne Ridge is a neighborhood with larger homes, Keith said residents want to maintain a certain standard.

“People who live in Crowne Ridge live in Crowne Ridge because they want to live in a nice neighborhood, they have chosen to live in that neighborhood,” she said. “They want to maintain a nice standard of living.”

If the new zoning restriction passes, the garden homes that Speir Land Company wants to build would have to have a minimum square footage of 1,600 feet, Keith said.

“Because the homes are meant for senior citizens, they will be smaller and have smaller lots,” Keith said. “But they should abide by the new proposed zoning restrictions.”

  • popdukes12

    I guess you have to “dance with who brung ya”. Had the Crown Ridge lots contained the “covenants in conveyances” that are now being addressed through a zoning change, they would have cost more than the existing land owners paid for them, to achieve a “certain standard” for construction. No wonder that the current land owners want to change the rules. This is nothing more than the current owners wishing to protect their investments. Any R-50 lots in the city should be changed in a comprehensive manner, and no just when a certain area of town is threatened with an encroaching element deemed undesirable by the neighbors. I would like to see all city lots changed to R-75 to lessen the “blight” caused by so many people living in a small area. In that the number of new homes built in Selma over the past 10 years can be counted on both hands, it really shouldn’t be a problem to change all the residential zoning.

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