Monday’s City Council meeting has been tentatively moved to the La Porte City Community Center, in part to reconsider a change in zoning of a parcel of land on the north edge of town adjacent to the Anton Addition. The issue first came before the Council last month, when a public hearing was held to address a request to change the zoning classification of the property from residential (R-1) to commercial (C-2). Prior to the hearing, the Planning and Zoning Commission made a recommendation that the Council deny the request. If approved, plans would call for the construction of a new Dollar General store at that location.
Proponents of the change cite the benefits of increasing La Porte City’s tax base, along with bringing a new business and jobs to the community.
Those opposed expressed concerns about the business’ close proximity to some of the homes in the Anton Addition, increased vehicle traffic in the area, potential issues related to water runoff and the possible harm a dollar store could cause for existing retail stores in La Porte City.
At the conclusion of the June 8 public hearing, the ordinance was defeated by a 3-2 vote, with council members Eric Allsup, Mike Johnson and Brent Sadler against the measure, while Todd Butler and Sarah Craft voted in favor of it.
The issue was brought back to the Council on June 22 by Sadler, who expressed a desire to give the matter more consideration. Under City Council rules, a motion to reconsider a prior vote can only be made by a member on the prevailing side of the original vote.
Before an ordinance typically becomes law, three separate readings must be passed by a majority of the City Council, unless its members vote to suspend the rule requiring them. Council rules also require a super majority of its members, at least four out of five, to approve an ordinance for a zoning change that is in conflict with the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Monday’s City Council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 PM.