Advanced Search

Local News
Death notices
Insight & Opinion
It's your turn!
Join the conversation
U.S. and State elected officials
Local elected officals
Your right to know
Letters to the Editor
Staff columns
Guest columns
Syndicated columnists
Editorial cartoonists
Upcoming Events
Display Ads
Photo Gallery
Local Links
School menus
Guest Book
Forms to print
About us
Subscribe to the Daily News
Birth Announcement
Wedding Announcement
Submit an Engagement
Submit an Anniversary
Multimedia Archives
home : insight & opinion : letters to the editor July 3, 2020

4/27/2005 4:34:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Zoning request is inappropriate

A request for zoning change for property at 501 S. Webster from C-1 (light commercial) to I-2 (medium industrial) has been filed by Clark Pulliam and will be reviewed at the May 2 meeting, time 7 p.m. If granted the property could be used for a crematory or any other medium-industrial uses.

Medium-industrial uses are “industrial and related uses that may produce greater adverse environmental effects than light industrial uses” or greater adverse effects than “C” zoning. Medium Industrial is “any use consisting of assembly, cleaning, compounding, distillation, manufacturing, packaging, processing, reclamation, reconditioning, refinishing, repair, servicing, testing, or treatment facilities, except uses that are: allowed only in (special medium industrial use) category.” Crematories are a special-use category even in medium industrial. Producing a “greater adverse environment” is not consistent with the surrounding area and would not benefit owners of the surrounding area.

All adjoining property is either residential or C-1. The zoning petition as described is an example of an illegal “spot zoning” request. Spot zoning as described by the court is ‘the process of singling out a small parcel of land for a use classification different and inconsistent with that of surrounding areas, for the benefit of the owner of such property and to the detriment of the rights of other property owners.” Illinois appellate courts as well as other states have held that “spot zoning” (also sometimes called “floating zoning”) is inconsistent with a city or county’s “master” zoning plan; that zoning plans are designed to provide predictable and manageable economic growth and compatible land uses; and exceptions, by definition, require special purpose decisions which invite further applications to make the plan increasingly irrelevant.

In general the courts say “spot zoning” as requested here cannot be justified as a basis of general welfare for the community and which is not in accordance with the zoning plan adopted by Robinson City Council. Spot zoning affects all property owners, not just those in this particular situation. Your area could be next if this spot zoning was allowed.

In view of this inconsistent use and zone request please contact zoning members and aldermen and make plans to attend the May 2 zoning meeting as well as the city council meeting May 10.

Sandy Millsap


Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted to Daily News Online until they have been reviewed by the online editor. This may result in a 24-48 hour delay.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Passcode: This form will not send your comment unless you copy exactly the passcode seen below into the text field. This is an anti-spam device to help reduce the automated email spam coming through this form.

Please copy the passcode exactly
- it is case sensitive.
 Kid Safe Search

Copyright 2020, Robinson Daily News
Software © 1998-2020 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved