The Decatur Planning and Zoning Commission approved a special exception Tuesday, allowing two lots on North Cates Street to be combined into one.
The exception was needed since the two lots combined fell just short of the 8,400-square-foot minimum. An abandoned city water well is on the site.
Planning Director Dedra Ragland said the city had received two comments in opposition from surrounding neighbors, who did not want more rental property in the area.
The final use of the property is outside the scope of the P&Z as long as it follows the residential zoning rules, she explained.
The exception is allowed since it would improve the use of the property by allowing access to the landlocked portion.
It also would make the lot similar in size to others in the area and is well above the minimum for an infill lot of 5,500 square feet.
The exception will go to the city council for final approval.