The City Council of La Porte City, Iowa met in regular session on July 27, 2015. Mayor David Neil called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM with Council Members Todd Butler Sarah Craft, and Brent Sadler present. Absent was Council Member Eric Allsup. Council member Mike Johnson arrived at 7:06 PM.
After listening to Roger Ohrt and MaryJo Albright’s comments related to the issue of rezoning a tract of land adjacent to the Anton Addition and East Reinbeck Road, the Council approved the second and third readings of Ordinance 495 and Mayor Neil declared it adopted and effective upon publication. The change in zoning paves the way for the land at that location to be developed for the construction of a Dollar General store. The timeline for construction remains uncertain at this time.
In other business, the Council approved the sale of another lot in the Sweet Addition and set the date of a public hearing to consider the City’s revised Comprehensive Plan as recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Council will consider the revised plan at its August 10 meeting.
Another zoning request was tabled following discussion related to the construction of proposed rental storage units on the south side of La Porte City near the Sweet Addition. While the Planning and Zoning Commission made the recommendation to change the zoning of the property in question from R-1 (low density residential) to C-2 (commercial district), Zoning Administrator Jennifer Sparks informed the Council that such a change would allow that tract of land to be used for any principally permitted uses that fall under the M-1 classification. She recommended the Council refer the matter back to Planning and Zoning with the recommendation to add rental storage units as an allowed use exception under the City’s C-2 classification. This would allow the City’s Board of Adjustment to grant permission for the construction of storage units on the property while preventing other development the City may deem as undesirable adjacent to the neighboring residential area.
Prior to adjournment, the Council approved hiring an appraiser to determine the valuation of the City’s Public Works Shop and adjacent properties. The decision to appraise the properties came after East Central Iowa Cooperative expressed interest in the acquiring the properties.