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City looking at zoning

4/9/2014

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

mkenwright@dailynews.net

The Hays City Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at city hall to vote on hiring a consultant to overhaul the city’s zoning and subdivision regulations.

The “first generation” regulations were drawn up in the 1970s, according to the meeting’s agenda. The rewrites aim to modernize the rules and reflect real-estate development trends and residents’ lifestyles.

City staff has recommended Texas-based Kendig Keast Collaborative for the task. The 14-month project will cost approximately $150,000.

The idea for the undertaking emerged in the city’s 2012 comprehensive plan. The five-phase plan will include the opportunity for public input.

Other business on the agenda:

• Commissioners will decide if they want to challenge an $18,000 fine from the Environmental Protection Agency for fines at the wastewater treatment plan.

• Mayoral appointments will be considered. Michael Billinger and Olga Detrixhe are proposed to join the CARE Council. Its duties include determining funding from United Way.

Sue Rouse could be added to the Hays Housing Authority board, Katherine Wolfe to the Hays Public Library board, and Ang Robson is up for a seat on the Sister Cities Advisory board.

• Three cases of vehicle abatements will be decided. There are two abandoned vehicles at 510 W. 23rd, one at 1309 Donald Drive and a van at 1812 E. 27th.

• Nominations and elections for mayor and vice mayor will take place.