Faye Jackson

Laurel resident Faye Jackson addresses members of the Laurel City Council about her issue concerning zoning during a Laurel City Council meeting held at Laurel City Hall. Photo/Eloria Newell James

Laurel officials are currently in the process of addressing several zoning matters in the city.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the Laurel City Council voted to approve the second and final reading of an ordinance amending and/or adding to the city of Laurel’s zoning codes Article V Additional District Provisions. At a meeting earlier this month, the council voted to approve the first reading of the ordinance referring to Section 505 of the zoning codes as the Leontyne Price Overlay District.

According to city documents, “the purpose of this overlay district is to encourage regional commercial development along Leontyne Price Boulevard from Interstate 59 to Mason Street. This area is intended to entice interstate travelers to exit at Leontyne Price Boulevard and enjoy the city of Laurel. The development style will feature warehouse buildings set apart from neighborhoods and large setbacks from the road with parking in the front, rear or shared between adjacent uses.

Industrial uses and outdoor storage are contrary to the intent of this district. Buildings in this district are expected to be diverse in size, shape and orientation of property. The District replaces the former Jefferson District, most of which was absorbed into the expanded right of way of Interstate 59.

The zoning order also states that the area is currently underdeveloped with outdated building stock and is ripe for regional commercial redevelopment.

According to officials, establishing the Leontyne Price Overlay District gives Laurel the opportunity to establish the district as an attractive, commercial entrance corridor into the city.

During a Laurel City Council meeting earlier this month officials also addressed several other issues concerning zoning.

Laurel resident Faye Jackson expressed some concerns she had about the administering of the law concerning zoning.

“I pay my taxes and I’m a citizen of this city,” Jackson said. “My vehicle (in her yard) was targeted when others about me have a camper, a boat, a trailer and much more in their yards.”

Jackson said this is not the first time that the city’s inspection department has identified something of concern on her property. She said if she is going to be issued a violation ticket, she believes everyone who is in violation should also.

“This is the second time this has happened,” she said. “If I’m going to have to spend money (to get a car fixed) then the city should make the others do the same.”

In another matter, the council adopted an order granting a three-month special exception to Lori Brett to allow for the parking of a boat at 11 Broadmoor Drive. This property, which is in Ward Three of the city, is zoned Residential-1, which does not allow for parking of recreational vehicles.

Councilman Tony Wheat questioned the inspection department about this matter.

“Are people not allowed to own boats in the city of Laurel? Wheat asked.

Inspection officials said the boat should be parked in the backyard, but this boat was on the side of the resident’s house and protruded out.

City officials said they were applying the same guidelines to all residents.

Laurel leaders discuss zoning matters, approve new Leontyne Price Overlay District

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