As the city of Dothan continues to grow both economically and in population, officials say it's time for a change in the city's zoning ordinance.
And, experts are trying to come up with a way to satisfy both residents and entrepreneurs.
They say it’s a change that's long over due, and now, officials are taking action on the city zoning ordinance.
If approved, the 2nd Office District is going to have some minor modifications.
"Instead of allowing any kind of offices, such as pharmacies or banks in that district, they are going to be limited to personal and professional offices,” says Staff Planner Kelly Schultz.
When a new business moves into a neighborhood, it could mean more noise, more lights and more traffic, and it’s something some homeowners would hate to see happen in their neighborhoods.
Those changes could also mean lower property value.
Director of Planning and Development Todd McDonald says, "This is a change to the zoning ordinance that would allow the planning commission to make transition uses occur without impacting significantly the residential area."
Now, some businesses that are already built into neighborhoods are called existing non conforming uses. They will still operate, but chances are, the city would not allow a new business to be built.
"We’ve been here for about eight years, and it has been here a lot longer than that," says Michael Tran, manager at H and B Produce.
And for those that are already up and running, have no fear, your business is basically grandfathered in.
A public forum on the matter is scheduled for Wednesday August 20th at 9 a.m.
It will be held in Dothan City Commission Chambers.
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