The meetings are typically filled with two hours of discussion and questions, but Tuesday night proved itself as an exception.

The meetings are typically filled with two hours of discussion and questions, but Tuesday night proved itself as an exception.

The Independence Planning Commission unanimously approved the single case on its agenda in a 15-minute meeting that yielded no questions and only one comment from a commission member.

An area of land located north of East Short Avenue, east of South Noland Road, west of South Dodgion Street and south of East Walnut Street was rezoned from industrial and high-density residential to general commercial and two-family residential. The land’s current uses include one- and two-family homes and vacant lots.

The city of Independence served as the applicant. Community Development Department Planner Brian Harker said staff was concerned that owners and buyers of the former industrial-zoned lots could have difficulty securing financing to refinance and buy the properties.

Eliminating the high-density residential zoning from the East Short Avenue lots also will prevent conversions into multiple-family housing, Harker said. The city’s comprehensive plan intends low-to-medium density residential use for the area.

Les Boatright, the commission vice chairman, provided the only comment prior to the unanimous vote for approval.

“It is kind of nice to rectify and clean up some of the past issues,” Boatright said regarding the land’s use and past discussions about its rezoning.