Lin­coln Coun­cil Ap­proves Re­zon­ing

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - NEWS - By Mark Humphrey

LIN­COLN — City Coun­cil ap­proved a re­zon­ing or­di­nance for a tract of land owned by Manuel and Clarice Whit­more dur­ing its March 20 meet­ing.

The coun­cil changed the zon­ing from A-1 (Agri­cul­tural) to B2/ZC (Busi­ness Dis­trict/Con­di­tional Use).

Coun­cil mem­ber Johnny Stow­ers in­quired what prop­erty was be­ing re­zoned and Coun­cil mem­ber Troy My­ers ad­vised the prop­erty is one par­cel past the south­ern bor­der of South Park on the west side of Mitchell Av­enue.

Doug Hutchens, also a mem­ber of the Coun­cil, re­viewed com­ments re­ceived at a pub­lic hear­ing on the pro­posal to put in an ath­letic train­ing cen­ter.

“At the pub­lic hear­ing there were a cou­ple of con­cerns,” Hutchens said, out­lin­ing three top­ics: view of the build­ing, light pol­lu­tion and ex­ces­sive traf­fic.

Ac­cord­ing to Hutchens each of these con­cerns were ad­dressed. Trees and shrubs can help shield the build­ing, use of low-im­pact light­ing re­duces light pol­lu­tion and Mitchell Av­enue is on the short list to get repaved.

Mayor Rob Hulse said he and his sons have been to the old All-Star Sports Arena in Spring­dale, now re­named Next Level Achieve­ments, which ac­cord­ing to its web­site is a 501 c (3) that of­fers af­ford­able ath­letic pro­gram­ming to stu­dent ath­letes grades 1-12. The com­plex con­tains bas­ket­ball/vol­ley­ball courts, in­door soc­cer fields, bat­ting cages, train­ing ar­eas, a run­ning track, com­puter lab and con­ces­sions area.

Pro­grams such as Next Level Achieve­ments en­deavor to pro­mote stu­dent ath­letes’ suc­cess through men­tor­ing, train­ing, ed­u­ca­tion and com­pe­ti­tion in a pos­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment, the web­site states. The vi­sion is to present these types of op­por­tu­ni­ties to as many young ath­letes as pos­si­ble.

“There is a lot of in­ter­est,” Hulse said. “There are a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties for the town.”

Hulse said if the pro­ject goes through there is a lot of po­ten­tial.

Hutchens, who has an­nounced his plans to run for mayor in Novem­ber, thinks the fa­cil­ity might in­crease Lin­coln’s chances of win­ning bids to host post-sea­son com­pe­ti­tion.

“The ex­tra lit­tle bit of gym ca­pac­ity puts us a lit­tle far­ther up the list for host­ing dis­trict tour­na­ments,” Hutchens said.

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Manuel and Clarice White­more lis­ten while the Lin­coln City Coun­cil con­sid­ers their re­quest to re­zone a tract of land they own from A-1 (Agri­cul­tural) to B2/ZC (Busi­ness Dis­trict/ Con­di­tional Use) dur­ing the March 20 coun­cil meet­ing. The cou­ple wants to...

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