Meetings to explore city zoning, codes

Published on Thu, May 19, 2011 by Tara Nelson

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A series of meetings beginning next week will discuss the city of Blaine’s downtown zoning and development regulations and give residents a chance to share their input.

Blaine planning director Michael Jones said Blaine city council members encouraged the meetings because they wanted to explore the current status of city zoning and its impact on development downtown.

“One of the reasons we’re doing this is because zoning needs to be responsive and flexible to the changing times,” he said. “The economic climate changes, but laws do not unless we make that happen. We don’t want to become static and fixed in time.”

The meetings will also allow the public to learn more about the city’s regulatory processes and comment on what they perceive to be stumbling blocks to development.

“We will be asking people for input and also be giving explanations as to why standards are in place,” Jones said.

The first meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at city hall. Subsequent meetings are scheduled for Tuesdays, June 7, June 14 and June 28. For more information, email mjones@cityofblaine.com.