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City council questions 2014 zoning changes, tables request

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington City Council tabled a request during its Monday night meeting to change the zoning at 500 Stower Drive. Lori Klooster is seeking a change in zone of the property of her company, Living Life Adult Day Care Center, fr...

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington City Council tabled a request during its Monday night meeting to change the zoning at 500 Stower Drive.

Lori Klooster is seeking a change in zone of the property of her company, Living Life Adult Day Care Center, from its current M-2 (general manufacturing) designation back to an M-1 (light manufacturing) zone. The city rezoned the area in 2014.
The Worthington Planning Commission voted unanimously Nov. 3 to deny Klooster’s request, recommending city council do the same at Monday’s meeting. However, Mayor Mike Kuhle change the dynamic of the request when he said he believes the decisions made in 2014 may have been wrong.
“I believe I made a mistake,” Kuhle said. “I voted for that back then. It was my fault. I should have really questioned it a lot harder, but I didn’t, mainly because there wasn’t a lot of opposition to it.
“I believe there should be a buffer zone from light industrial to heavy industrial. … I agree with the planning commission,” Kuhle added. “We can’t just change zoning on one parcel. We have to look at that whole set of properties.”
Kuhle suggested the council table the request and direct the planning commission to look at rezoning the area that was rezoned last year.
“I think it’s the best way to fix this,” Kuhle said. “I think we need to fix it, and I think we need to fix it right.”
In other business, the council approved the first reading of the 2016 Sewer Service Charge System, which will increase the usage charge per 1,000 gallons to 2.8 percent for non-industrial users. The monthly connection charge will also increase 0.4 percent, or 6 cents.
The council also approved the first reading of the Street Lighting System budget and the Stormwater Utility Fund budget.
City Engineer Dwayne Haffield said the 6 percent increase in the lighting budget is due to the installation of additional street lighting in recent years.
“The usage is going up … which is largely attributed to additional lights that have gone up in the last few years on Highway 59/60,” Haffield said. “That does generate the need to come up with about a 6 percent increase in the rates.”
The council will next meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Nov. 23 in council chambers at City Hall.

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