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Downtown Revitalization Board To Consider Sign Application; Planning and Zoning Commission To Consider Special Use Permit, Discuss Accessory Dwellings

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Sulphur Springs City Hall, 201 North Davis St.

Two city board will meet Monday night to consider requests for special use and a sign.

An Application asking to be allowed to put a sign at 230 Main St, Suite A, will be considered by the Downtown Revitalization Board during their regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, at City Hall. The only other item on the Dec. 16 agenda for consideration is to approve the minutes from the Nov. 19 meeting, and to discuss any other business presented.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will be asked at the 6 p.m. meeting Monday, Deb. 16, to consider approving a special use permit to allow construction of a 180-foot self-supporting communications tower at 402 Church St. and to discussion of accessory dwelling units.

If Planning and Zoning Commission approves of the tower, the recommendation will be forwarded to the Zoning Board of Adjustments at the regular Dec. 17 meeting.

Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell and Tourism Director Tory Niewiadomski asked the Planning and Zoning Commission at the November meeting to start considering to possibility of allowing accessory dwelling units, which they said could be a potential answer to future housing and infrastructure needs.

An accessory dwelling unit could include single person or smaller housing on the same property as an existing home or structure, and could include what are referred to as granny flats, in-law’s suites, guest housing or garage apartments. The last 50 years of so, those have not been allowed. However, this could provide additional housing on a smaller scale, the city officials reported at the November meeting.

Niewiadomski referred to a presentation he gave during the regular October City Council meeting regarding housing and infrastructure needs, and noted he’d plan to present that to the Planning and Zoning Commission at an upcoming meeting as well.

Sulphur Springs Planning and Zoning Commission regularly meets the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 201 North Davis St.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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