JEFFERSON — The Jefferson City Council has approved one rezoning request, while postponing another request for the second time.
During its meeting Monday, the council approved a rezoning request from Jackson Land Properties LLC for a 17-acre property at the intersection of Storey Lane and U.S. 129 Business. The property was rezoned from highway commercial to a multifamily residential district to allow for the development of an apartment community for adults 55 and older.
At the recommendation of City Attorney Ron Hopkins, the council voted to postpone taking action on a rezoning request made by First United Methodist Church of Jefferson.
Prior to being sworn in as a council member in January, Kathy DuBose had been vocal about her opposition to the church’s rezoning request, as have other neighbors in the historic district neighborhood that is adjacent to the church.
Hopkins — who said he is in favor of DuBose not participating in votes related to the request — suggested that the council postpone action until DuBose has the opportunity to consult with her legal counsel. Hopkins told the council that he’d attempted to reach DuBose’s attorney, but was unable to make contact because the attorney was out of the country.
The group approved a motion to postpone voting on the church’s request until the council’s next voting session in February.
The church’s request has been on the council’s agenda since its Dec. 14 work session. Neighbors packed the meeting to express opposition to the project, which they say would further compound traffic issues on the historic district’s narrow streets.
During its Dec. 28 voting session, the council approved postponing action until Monday’s meeting. The purpose of the initial delay was to give church officials and neighbors the opportunity to discuss proposed plans for the church.
During Monday’s meeting, the group also approved Mayor Jim Joiner’s nomination of Councilman Steve Kinney to serve as the council’s mayor pro-tem.