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The two lots to be rezoned are in black.
The North Platte City Council will meet Tuesday to consider a controversial rezoning of two lots at Indian Hills residential subdivision. The lots -- 620 Apache Drive and 621 Otoe Trail – are surrounded by numerous lots that will not be rezoned. Two sets of property owners -- Bob and Eileen Marland and Shane and Jennifer Belgum -- asked for the zone to be changed from agricultural to residential, and the city planning commission agreed.
Zoning Administrator Judy Clark said the request is in line with standard zones as well as long-range comprehensive plans.
Indian Hills resident A.J. Hunt expressed concern. Although his home wasn’t rezoned, he feared the city would want to expand its jurisdiction further into Indian Hills. Hunt said he didn’t want to pay for the city’s municipal water and electricity.
“Is this just one step closer to the city annexing all of Indian Hills?” Hunt asked.
In reply, city administrator Jim Hawks said the city has absolutely no plans to expand any further than the two lots at this time.
If the lots are rezoned, an alley could be created between the lots.
Neither owner has any plans to develop the property for other uses besides residential, Clark said. A small parcel -- less than an acre -- would be transferred from Belgum to Marland.
The council unanimously approved a new zoning ordinance on first reading Jan. 3. Normally, the council must approve ordinance changes three separate times, but on Tuesday, the council could the required third reading and adopt the ordinance.
The council meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 211 West Third.