Some residents still unhappy with proposed zoning map

Published 6:29 am Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Oxford residents had their last chance to air concerns about the proposed zoning map and Land Development Code changes Tuesday night before the Oxford Board of Aldermen during a lengthy public hearing.

The board is expected to vote on the new map and code during their Nov. 21 meeting.

However, Mayor Robyn Tannehill said the board may schedule a work session before the next meeting to discuss any final proposed changes based on the feedback from Tuesday’s meeting.

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Comments were taken from the audience depending on what area of the map they wanted to speak about. Most of those who spoke involved south and west Oxford.

Two people from Woodlawn subdivision spoke out against a change in the proposed zoning on property east of the Woodlawn-Davis Nature Center near where the future West Oxford Loop Extension is being built. The new map shows the property slated to Traditional Neighborhood Business rather than the current Professional Business zoning that will no longer be a zoning designation on the new map. The concerns are that businesses like restaurants with drive-thrus or that serve liquor, gas station or liquor stores will be built along the new road just across the street from the park.

One resident suggested grandfathering the area and keeping it Professional Business; however, city planners said that would be spot zoning, where only one area has a particular zoning and could grant that area zoning restrictions other similar areas wouldn’t have.

Another two residents spoke out against changing a portion of property owned by Oxford University School in the Grand Oaks planned unit development from the proposed underlying zoning of Suburban Residential to Suburban Multifamily with the northern leg to remain SR zoning. The school wants to sell the land to raise money an activity center. The residents said they were concerned about having more traffic, more multifamily and smaller homes near their new development.

Other comments included adding restrictions to commercial properties located in the downtown historic district that butt up against residential lots from being late-night businesses, like restaurants or event venues, and changing property along County Road 300 from the proposed Neighborhood Residential to Suburban Multifamily.