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Superior commission considers public testimony on parking changes

The Superior Plan Commission intends to revisit a change in the zoning ordinances that eliminated minimum off-street parking requirements in commercial and industrial zones.

The Superior Plan Commission intends to revisit a change in the zoning ordinances that eliminated minimum off-street parking requirements in commercial and industrial zones.

However, commissioners stopped short of repealing the changes that were enacted in January.

Councilor Brett Fennessey, who supported the change, asked fellow commissioners to repeal the changes until the ordinance could be vetted adequately. The Commission agreed to hold a public hearing when it meets March 20, but won't take action on the ordinance unless public testimony warrants it.

"This is a very significant change to the ordinance," Fennessey said. "And I think a very significant amount of vetting should go into it."

Mayor Jim Paine said stakeholders were sent the Plan Commission agenda along with the changes proposed in the ordinance before ordinance was approved by the commission in December.

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"I believe we did a very thorough vetting," Paine said. However, he said it's a subject that should be talked about. He said repealing the parking requirements has many benefits for retail growth. Paine committed to talking to the Chamber of Commerce for Superior-Douglas County and Development Association during their respective board meetings.

The Commission will take public testimony on the adopted ordinance changes during its next regular meeting at 4 p.m. March 20 in Room 201 of the Government Center.

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