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Council passes on zoning ordinance change

Continues discussion on fencing materials

September 13, 2012
By DAVID ALEXANDER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Two hotly debated topics are coming to a resolution.

At the Marshalltown City Council meeting Monday, the council adopted a resolution to change the zoning ordinance as it relates to back and side yard parking.

The resolution carried by a 5-2 vote, with council members Al Hoop, fourth ward, and Bob Schubert, first ward, continuing their steadfast opposition to the change.

After concerns from the council highlighted at its Aug. 27 meeting, the Marshalltown Planning and Zoning Commission redrafted the ordinance to remove requirements that mandated parking areas only compose 20 percent of the lot.

With that change, Stephen Troskey, city planner, said parking in side and back yards must simply be on an appropriate surface, i.e., gravel, asphalt or brick.

According to the ordinance change, driveways and parking areas must be dug to a depth to prevent erosion and rutting.

A similarly contested topic, fencing materials, had its third reading tabled at Monday's meeting.

The council set notice for a public hearing so citizens would have a chance to voice their concerns before the council votes to pass the ordinance change.

The fencing issue came into sharp focus in May when a local man built a fence made from pallets, sparking debate over the role of the city in establishing regulations on fences.

That public hearing is set for Sept. 24.



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