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By JoEllen Black/Richmond News
What appeared to be approval of a rezoning request from Richmond City Council Tuesday failed on a technicality.
City Attorney Chris Williams informed the council at the end of the meeting that its 4-2 vote to approve the reclassification of property owned by Kim and Tova Major didn’t pass. The vote required the majority of the full council, meaning five votes, he said, according to city codes. Council members Deanna Guy and Ron Peterson were absent.
The Majors were asking for their property on 905 Hubbell St. to be changed to multi-family from commercial zoning. The property is next to a single home. Adjacent lots on its north and west sides are zoned multi-family along with a housing addition on Krause Street to its north, according to Richmond Planning and Zoning commission minutes. A non-operational car wash on Business 10, directly south of the lot, is zoned commercial, along the lot to its east. The Majors said they want to convert a Morton-type building into an apartment with expansion of an additional apartment in the future.
The couple’s request was denied by Richmond Planning and Zoning Commission at its Oct. 1 meeting after the Majors had an easement removed from the property’s plat at the request of the commission at its Sept. 3 meeting. City Administrator Ron Brohammer recommended approving the rezoning classification in his report to council. The city council can override planning and zoning denials or approvals.
“I talked with city staff for a long time and they helped me direct my path (to multi-family zoning),” Kim Major said Wednesday.
“We worked with an arrangement of an apartment with another apartment in the future; that’s the direction we’ve been going,” he said, adding that the city staff and community development director Lisa Hastings were very helpful in the process.
He said the former garden center and gift shop has been difficult to rent because of the commercial business classification. A new purpose may make is more usable, he said.