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Ottumwa

June 5, 2013

Veterinary Clinic rezoned

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Veterinary Clinic's neighbors' final chance at overturning the clinic's rezoning has been shot down.

The City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday to override Mayor Frank Flanders' veto of the clinic's rezoning from R-1 residential to C-1 commercial despite continued protest from several neighbors.

"Not sharing [their plan] makes me nervous," said neighbor Eric Fritz on behalf of a neighbor who was unable to attend the meeting. "The people of the neighborhood chose to buy a home next to a small vet clinic ... not to allow unrestricted commercial expansion of who knows what."

Neighbor Richard Douglas raised concerns again that rezoning the property to a commercial district would raise its tax value while damaging his.

"Gentlemen, this is a very bad decision," Douglas said. "Please, don't destroy our residential neighborhood."

Flanders said the citizens' arguments have proven "more compelling" than any made by council or city staff, which influenced his decision to veto.

Councilman Mitch Niner said Flanders' previous comment that the rezoning could be considered spot zoning was "ridiculous."

"You've already purchased a house next to a business," Niner said. "More than likely, any kind of property depreciation has already happened."

But neighbor Jackie Topolinski said that's not the case, that in fact her property value has increased greatly in the last 14 years.

Neighbor Mark Eigsti said the clinic and its new partner providing no plans for expansion makes him nervous.

Topolinski agreed, saying the residential area is not meant for "excessive businesses."

"Especially ones where we have no clue what's coming in or what could come in," she said. "You need to listen to the citizens of this community who are telling you, 'No, we do not want this to change.' This is a residential area and needs to stay that way."

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