But, Shafer said, those applying for a C-1 Retail Business District rezoning are not required to present a site plan. Menke’s request to be designated as a “veterinary surgical clinic” falls under the C-1 classification.
“The residents are correct,” Shafer said. “Once it’s rezoned to C-1, it could change to the other permitted uses within C-1.”
Eric Fritz shared his wife Jane’s concerns.
“He’s [Menke] asking you to rezone a residential property as C-1 with absolutely no guarantee what it will ever be and with no control over what it will ever be,” he said.
CLARIFICATION: In Wednesday's article, "City council approves veterinary clinic rezoning despite protest," it stated that the council unanimously approved rezoning the Ottumwa Veterinary Clinic, 2305 N. Court St., from R-1 Single Family Residential to C-1 Retail Business District.
The council did unanimously approve the first reading of the ordinance. There are still two more readings of the ordinance until the rezoning could take effect. The second reading will take place at the May 7 council meeting; the third reading will take place at the May 21 council meeting.