City Commission to discuss Mission Overlay Zone at Monday meeting


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At the July 27 City Commission meeting, commissioners will discuss amending Mount Pleasant's zoning ordinance for the Mission Overlay Zone.

The zone focuses on the redevelopment of buildings along or adjacent to Mission Street, allowing flexible zoning and design standards that could improve the city's tax base and overall appearance, according to city documents. 

Currently, the ordinance allows first-floor residential uses if they function as a transition between commercial and single-family dwellings. The ordinance doesn't take into consideration adjacent uses. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the issue, but no one spoke at that meeting. They recommended the City Commission approve the amendments so first-floor residential uses on overlay projects that abut residential districts, multi-family districts and the U-zone.

The commission will also introduce an ordinance to clarify special use permits for churches in R districts, considering holding a public hearing on the matter on Aug. 24. 

Commissioners will consider a request from The Bird Bar & Grill to replace decorative fencing at its property. They will also consider recognizing Listening Ear Crisis Center as a non-profit so the organization can purchase a charitable gaming license. 

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. July 27 at City Hall.

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