SEMO TIMES to City Council: Re-Zone It Commercial
Poplar Bluff, Mo. – At this Tuesday’s council meeting, council will discuss workshop item D regarding rezoning a property at the corner of Northwood Dr. and Westmoor Dr.
At the planning and zoning meeting earlier this week, it was clear this is a divisive issue among the neighbors. Jared Beaird purchased the property for his family dentist practice and the neighborhood appears torn as to whether it should happen. Planning and Zoning said no but ultimately it is up to council.
Does the city take a more aggressive stance on commercial development or not? That’s what really is at question here.
Northwood, Sunset, Old Orchard, that’s what we think of when the word Poplar Bluff neighborhoods is brought up. But over the last 40 years Northwood’s west end has been swallowed up by commercial development. Poplar Bluff Square to their north and Jiffy Lube, Heritage Title Company and Duncan & Pierce Law firm on its west.
But just because a house is in a neighborhood, does that really mean what it suggests? Look at what the homeowner sees out their front window or when pulling out of their driveway:
And it doesn’t look any better to the owner if they look west from that side of their home:
Should a home in a neighborhood surrounded by commercial zoning on more 180 degrees of his property line, be allowed to rezone into commercial property? In my opinion, Yes. I know that might be an unpopular statement.
This looks like a perfect place for developing a Family Dentist Practice and SEMO TIMES supports the request to rezone this property as O-1 (Office Professional). There are many changes like this that our PB community needs to embrace as we look to grow.
Planning and Zoning voted to deny the request and it is up to City Council to either accept that recommendation or overrule it (probably in two successive meetings).
Streetview by Google allows you to tool around the neighborhood. Take it for a spin, then leave comments below as to what you think the City Council should do.