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Planning commission rebukes carwash rezoning

March 15, 2012
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO — The city’s planning and zoning commission here voted not to recommend a zoning change for a planned carwash, according to the Southeast Missourian.

The March 15 story stated that the motion to approve the rezoning request for the vacant lot where the carwash was planned failed with five votes against it and three in favor.

The property manager of three nearby apartment buildings spoke against the project during the public hearing, and two area residents sent their objections in writing to city hall before the meeting.

Several of the commission’s members also opposed the request to rezone the property. “This is still a residential area,” commission member Bill Hinckley said in the article. “You’ve gone from a small gas station to a big gas station and now you want to expand commercial activities even more by putting in a carwash. That’s a big problem. It opens it to all commercial activity if something happens to that carwash or plans change.”

Even so, the final decision on the zoning request will be made by the city council during its next meeting.