The Jerome Town Council approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance March 26 that will create a new zoning district. The new district is necessary before the current move to annex an additional 400 acres can be completed.
Along with proposed Ordinance 343, the council approved a first reading of proposed amendments to Ordinance 177, the Jerome zoning ordinance.
The changes to Ordinance 177 also are needed to pave the way for annexation. Although the amendments to the zoning ordinance include several sections, the major change will be the addition of R1-87 zoning to allow a two-acre residential classification.
During discussion of the agenda item, Vice Mayor Jane Moore said she thought, "part of the annexed area is in the historic overlay."
Moore said she would think that people would want to protect the historic nature of the neighborhood that might be annexed.
"We have to get 26 people to sign," said councilman Gil Robinson. He was referring to the document that homeowners in the proposed annexation area must sign before the process can be finalized. He said the longer the document becomes, the less likely it is to pass.
"Planning and Zoning labored over this for four meetings," Robinson said. "I think it's about as clean as it can be."
Robinson also said he would like to strike language in the proposed amendment that creates height restrictions. Instead, he suggested using the current Yavapai County regulation of 30 feet as a maximum on structure height.
A motion was passed to accept the first reading of Amendment 343 with the changes for height restrictions.
The council must hold a second public hearing and a second reading of the proposed amendment before it can take action.
The public hearing will be held during a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. on April 16.