The action might have been merely a housekeeping matter for the city of Independence, but it’s made at least one resident happy.

The action might have been merely a housekeeping matter for the city of Independence, but it’s made at least one resident happy.

With the city serving as the case’s applicant, the Independence Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to rezone an area of 55 lots from high-density residential to single- and two-family residential, including properties north of Moore Street, west of Lynn Street, east of Spring Street and south of Second Street. According to Brian Harker, a planner with the city’s Community Development Department, the city sometimes encounters properties that seem “inappropriately zoned.”

A resident at 1421 N. Main St., Karee Vaughn was included in the 185-foot notification area of the rezoning. In the only residential testimony provided Tuesday night, Vaughn spoke highly of the rezoning.

“I’m definitely for this. I wanted to thank the city for listening and taking action to keep high-density neighborhoods under control and rezoned,” she said. “This is definitely a big step to improve our neighborhoods that are definitely over-populated. I want to encourage all citizens to inform our government about our concerns so we can improve the quality of our life.”  

Vaughn owns a small business, ‘Bout Leaves, that captures permanent leaf castings in cement. Recently, Vaughn said she would like to contribute some of her commercial sales with ‘Bout Leaves toward the revitalization of Main Street as it leads into the historic Independence Square.

The city provided the following reasons as justification for rezoning the properties: The area is already developed with single-family homes and duplexes; rezoning could prevent future conversions of the properties into multiple-family uses, thus improving the area’s sustainability; and the change in zoning will have no affect on property taxes.  

While the area’s zoning pattern had been established prior to 1965, the city’s comprehensive plan intends low- and medium-density residential housing for the area, which is located one to four blocks west of Noland Road and one block north of U.S. 24.

The Independence Planning Commission is set to meet at 6:30 p.m. May 7 in the Independence City Hall council chambers. During their only scheduled May meeting, commission members are scheduled to conduct a public hearing for the proposed Unified Development Ordinance before making a final recommendation to the Independence City Council. 

A draft is available at ci.independence.mo.us. According to the city, the existing zoning ordinance was originally adopted in 1962.

, with significant revisions taking place in 1974 and 1999.