Rodeo grounds due for rezoning

By Bob Buckel | Published Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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A proposed zoning change on 98.7 acres off Farm Road 51 south of Decatur drew no response in a public hearing Monday evening at City Hall.

The proposal is to re-zone the Sheriff’s Posse Grounds from single-family to thoroughfare business. The hearing was one of only two items on the Decatur City Council’s agenda for what turned out to be a 15-minute meeting.

Monday’s hearing was the first of two required to make the zoning change official. Dedra D. Ragland, the city’s planning director, said one neighbor showed up at the Planning & Zoning Commission’s hearing on the change to ask if it would impact his property value.

“We told him that as far as we knew, there was no development planned,” she said. “We’re just trying to get them in compliance.”

The property will likely continue to be used exactly as it has been for many years, she said.

The second reading and hearing on the change will be next Monday, at which time it can be approved by the council and become official. The P&Z Commission recommended it, 5-0.


The only other matter on the council’s agenda Monday was to approve a request by Stephanie Hogan on behalf of the First Baptist Church of Decatur to hold a 5K and 1K “Fun Run” focused on family fitness at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7.

The route doesn’t cross any highways, but runs through the streets near the church, which is located on Preskitt Road just west of FM 51. It is the first such event for the church, which plans several activities that day including an appearance by one of the winners of TV’s “The Biggest Loser” show.

Mayor Martin Woodruff read a proclamation declaring March as American Red Cross Month and presented it to Richard Diano of the Chisholm Trail Chapter.

The council also approved minutes of their last meeting and paid the bills.

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