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The Ellis County Press

LANCASTER – After reviewing the usual consent agenda, the Lancaster city council meeting picked up with the public hearings regarding zoning areas in and around the Lancaster town square on Monday, March 8.

The first item number was requesting a change from agricultural open land to a light industrial zoning area.

This particular appeal was met with opposition by both residents and council members.

James Adams, of Lancaster, was worried this zoning project would create unnecessary and unwanted traffic along Lancaster Ave. and Hwy 342.

After reviewing these details and questioning the unprepared defense, the council decided to extended this request until the next meeting on Monday, March 22.

The motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Carol Strain-Burk and seconded by District 4 Council-member James Daniels.

The second and more lengthy zoning request was conducted to allow the changing of a historic preservation retail building with a specific use permit to allow for residential use to a planned development allowed for senior housing, ages 55 and older, to be located on a general premises.

The council called the owner of the property, Danny Douthit, to the stand to question Douthit on the specific intentions of their development plan.

After agreeing to one unit of the sector being devoted to retail and the rest to senior housing, the city council felt much better about this project and the decision they would make regarding it.

Numerous others took the stand to speak in favor of the owner and the proposed property itself, after a motion was taken by Mayor Pro Tem Carol Strain-Burk to approve, and seconded by District 5 Councilmember Sue Wyr-ick.

Upon receiving a unanimous vote to approve, an applause began up in the audience proving this to be an appropriate resolution made by the council.

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