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Monroe zoning map hearing scheduled

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MONROE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe officials have announced a public hearing to be held at 5:15pm, Monday, May 20th, in the Monroe City Hall, City Council Chamber at 400 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway.

This hearing is part of the process in the new Comprehensive Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance for the City of Monroe. The purpose of the public hearing is for the Planning Commission to review the proposed zoning map and recommend approval or denial by the Monroe City Council. The public's input and comments are welcomed and invited.

Chris Fisher, AICP, City of Monroe Planning and Urban Development Director, says "Updating our Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance and Zoning Map is a giant step in coordinating growth in the City of Monroe and addressing various planning procedures that will put the City into the 21st Century. There is so much going for the City that we need to position the City for the changes and still be a livable City that is proactive to growth."

Joanne C. Poret, AICP, City of Monroe Planning and Zoning Director, points out that "The City of Monroe needs an ordinance that is up to date and that meets the needs of a 21st Century community. This public hearing gives the public the opportunity to participate in this process by giving their input and asking questions."

PROJECT SUMMARY:
The City of Monroe's Zoning Ordinance is fifty (50) years old. An ordinance this old creates more problems than it solves. Whether disaster or development related, it is hard to put forth efforts that will promote smart growth, reduce damages from natural disasters or to promote the health and public safety of the community when the ordinance does not reflect the current trends, terms and methods to deal with them.

The City of Monroe adopted a Comprehensive Plan in November, 2008. The Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance is one of the tools used in implementing the action items within the comprehensive plan. This is the next step in that process.

The physical scope of the zoning ordinance will be the municipal boundaries of the City of Monroe. Areas outside of the City's jurisdiction may be addressed as they pertain to potential future residential, commercial and transportation growth opportunities and challenges.

Projected/Actual Start and Completion Dates: March, 2011-June, 2013

Projected Cost: $299, 920.00 (includes Comp Plan update).

Funding Source(s): Comprehensive Resiliency Program, State of Louisiana, Division of Administration, Office of Community Development, Disaster Relief Unit.

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