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Tue, Jan. 28

Mingus Union gets land rezoning nod

COTTONWOOD - The Cottonwood Planning Commission reviewed a plan Monday that would amend the General Plan and change the zoning for 15 acres that belong to Mingus Union High School, west of Camino Real in Cottonwood.

The entire board supported the proposal that the zoning be changed from agricultural (AR-43) to medium density residential (R2) so that the property could be sold to developer with a suitable designation in place.

Voters approved the sale of the land during a 2008 election since. The land is isolated by the major collector road, and the State Facilities Board will not allow the school to build on the land.

Superintendent Tim Foist said proceeds from any sale would return to the district's capital budget.

One stumbling block for the board was a condition that the changes would revert if there was no new plan within two years.

In this recovering economy, that restriction is too short, believes consultant Mike Gardner. The school would prefer if there was no restriction at all. Still, he agreed to a five-year reversion period and the recommendation was modified.

The recommendation for the general plan amendment and zone change was approved unanimously.

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