Two Richmond residents went before the Richmond Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday evening to request amendments to a zoning ordinance and a zoning map.

First was Kris Lewis, who requested an amendment to a zoning ordinance to accommodate a mobile veterinary office in a building downtown which is zoned B-2, in which such businesses are not allowed.

Lewis said that he wanted to open a clinic downtown to offer general practice services to dogs and cats with the location serving as a "walk-in" type office for two days a week. The facility would only treat minor ailments, offer routine general exams and vaccines, medical grooming and an in house pharmacy.

Tyler Stone, the clerk for planning and zoning, explained that because of the zoning classification and existing ordinances, the idea was a "complete no go all the way around."

However, Lewis asked the commission that the ordinance be changed so he can go to the Board of Adjustments for a conditional use permit.

"As of right now, he has no options," Stone said.

They approved the request and recommends to the Richmond City Commission that it be approved.

Following Lewis, was Susan Martin, who practices bankruptcy law in the Glyndon Building downtown and is hoping to relocate her office to her home on West Main Street prompting her request for a zoning map amendment.

Martin requested that her home zoned as R1-B or single family residential, be changed to accommodate the business, which would require a B-1 zone, a neighborhood business.

Another resident of Richmond spoke against the requested zone change with concerns that doing such would impact the historical integrity of the area.

It was the general consensus of the board that if the business was allowed to be conducted in the home, it would be better for regular upkeep of the home and would not fall into disrepair.

A representative of Martin said that most of the properties existing in that area are primarily family use or commercial, and that the character has already changed and if the zone change were to be approved, it would not be detrimental to the historical fabric.

The planning and zoning commission approved the change, presenting a recommendation to the city commission to give it the green light.

Reach Taylor Six at 624-6623 or follow her on Twitter at @TaylorSixRR.

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