At the most recent Richmond City Commission meeting, the commissioners approved Order 19-80: an order of the city referring an annexation to the Richmond Planning and Zoning Board which would annex 62.5 acres to the city, which is currently county property, by request of the property owner on Goggins Lane.

With the possibility of this annexation, the utilities of the property and first responder services would be transferred over to the city, requiring the approval by all parties to approve an extension of their services, to which all parties consented that were approved in the same meeting.

According to Jason Hart, the city’s director of planning and zoning, currently the property was zoned as county agricultural property and if the annexation were approved, it would be changed to an R2 zoning classification, allowing single family residences to be built, such as duplexes or townhomes.

While, according to the city’s ordinance, the commissioners find the annexation to be “in the public interest that the annexation be granted,” not all community members feel that way.

Some residents near the area feel that new development will cause their property values to decrease if it is zoned R2 and also that feel that increased construction will have negative effects for traffic, and the creek flooding that runs alongside Goggins Lane.

As of now, Hart says that only one person has come to the planning and zoning office just curious about what was happening and for a more in-depth explanation.

But before the planning and zoning board can make a recommendation, a public comment meeting must be held for community members to express their opinions on the changes.

The public comment meeting will be held Thursday, where many community members are expected to be in attendance.

After public comment, the planning and zoning board will present their recommendations to the city commission.

From there, the commission will conduct two readings of the proposed ordinance before giving their approval to change the zone, change it with conditions, to not annex the property or refer it back to the board for reclassification.

According to Hart, he doesn’t believe that a recommendation has ever been sent back.

“Right now, we don’t have a concept plan, but we are working on a plan to show what could be developed there if the rezoning is approved,” he said. “But nothing is set in stone right now, it normally takes about three months for a zone change to go through.

The public comment hearing will be held Thursday, June 27, 5:30 p.m. in the Richmond City Hall commission chambers.

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

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