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Public invited to take part in Zoning update process

PALESTINE, July 6, 2017 The City of Palestine’s effort to update its zoning code moves into its second stage with a series of zoning workshops set from July 13 to July 20.

“Our update to the zoning code is going along well,” Development Services Director Jeffrey Lyons said. “We encourage everyone to participate in the next step of the process.”

The public is invited to take part in the workshops, each with a different focus of future development.

The first workshop will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 at the Westwood High School Fine Arts Building, 1820 Panther Blvd. The focus of the workshop will be neighborhood design guidelines.

During one exercise, the public and invited neighborhood participants will be given a set of cards showing various design elements. Then the participants will place stickers on the location of various uses, architetcture, landscaping and design standards.

The second workshop will be on Tuesday, July 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Eilenberger’s Bakery, 512 N. John St. and the focus will be on development in the downtown and historic districts.

During the downtown/historic districts workshop, the public, along with invited downtown residents and business and property owners will take part in three interactive activities.

The final workshop will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the City Council Conference Room, 504 N. Queen St.. The workshop wiil focus on commercial properties along major roads and highways, like South Loop 256.

Property owners, brokers, developers and real estate agents will be invited to take part with the public. The workshop, facilitated by Lyons and Shai Roos of Stantec, will have interactive activities that are designed to give participants a way to give their opinions on future development.

The data gathered at the workshops, along with data previously obtained during earlier presentations and surveys, will then be collected by Stantec, a civil engineering and planning firm hired to be consultants for the zoning code update. Also part of the code update will be members of the Zoning Steering Committee, a group comprised of members of various boards and committees, and members of the public nominated by City Council members.

According to Lyons, the current zoning ordinance is 25 years old and is past due for a revision.

Schedule Of Events

Thursday, July 13

Neighborhoods Workshop

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Westwood High School Fine Arts Building

1820 Panther Boulevard


Tuesday, July 18

Downtown/Historic District Workshop

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Eilenberger’s Bakery

512 N. John St.


Thursday, July 20

Commercial Properties Workshop

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

City Council Meeting Room

504 N. Queen St.

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