By MATT HOPF
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
A guide on how Quincy should plan future development was unanimously approved by aldermen Monday night, pleasing many residents on the southeast side of the city who sought to keep an agreed-upon plan intact.
Former 5th Ward Alderman Chuck Fitch, who lives in the Willow Creek Estates subdivision, had pushed for adoption of the plan. He and other residents in the area were concerned that land along State between 45th and 54th streets, owned by the Deters Land Trust, would be zoned more commercial, mixed-use and multi-family residential than was originally agreed to during neighborhood meetings held in 2006.
Most of the property is currently zoned as single-family residential. A representative of the trust previously asked the Plan Commission for flexibility for more commercial development.
The Willow Creek subdivision is on South 48th Street, west and north of the John Wood Community College campus.
“(Residents) chose to live there because they wanted to live in a single-family residential area — not in a commercial area,” Fitch said.
The Deters Land Trust can still petition the city for a zoning change or special permit in the future if they have a proposal for the land.
Chuck Bevelheimer, director of planning and development, said the plan reinforces decisions made at the city level.
“When the Plan Commission makes a recommendation and the council makes a decision, I think the plan helps with that guiding tool, with that knowledge that we asked the people what they thought,” he said.
The plan has not been updated as a whole since it was adopted in 1986, though a downtown revitalization plan was added in 1995 and a Broadway corridor land use and access plan was adopted in 1997.
The plan was developed by the city’s Planning and Development Department, which held public meetings to gather ideas for future land use.
“We took time to hopefully get it right,” Bevelheimer said.
Bevelheimer said besides having updated demographic information for the city, the land use plan for the city’s 1.5-mile zoning jurisdiction has been updated as the city has grown. This includes rural land that may be eyed for housing development.
“In many cases, we have switched that over to single-family zoning so we would support single-family residential development there,” Bevelheimer said.
When the city annexed JWCC’s new campus in 1996, it extended the city’s zoning jurisdiction further into the county. That required the city to look at land uses farther out and maintain rural zoning for agricultural use.
Demographic information from the 2010 census was included to show trends in population and the characteristics of the city’s housing stock.
Bevelheimer said the planning and development department will look at the zoning code to make it more “user friendly.”
• Provides a guide on future land use for the Quincy Plan Commission and City Council.
• Updates the land-use plan to include property that became part of the city’s 1.5- mile zoning jurisdiction because of expansion during the last 27 years.
• Provides the first update to the plan as a whole since it was first adopted in 1986. A downtown revitalization plan was added in 1995, and a Broadway corridor land use and access plan was adopted in 1997.
• Does not rezone land owned along State Street between 45th and 54th streets by the Deters Land Trust. The trust wanted more flexibility to allow commercial, mixed-use and multi-family residential zoning, while residents in the area wanted alderman to approve the agreement reached in 2006 for mostly single-family residential zoning.
• Can be viewed at tinyurl.com/Quincycomp.