Despite a lack of a quorum, the New Tazewell Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) managed to conduct a few bits of business that did not require a vote.
The city held a public hearing on an ordinance that, if adopted next month, will effectively create a new ‘C-3’ zoning designation for a section of Broad Street running between 1st and 3rd Avenues.
If adopted, Ordinance 2017-329 will provide a “flexible development standard” for property located along Broad Street near the old Big4 building and adjacent to the C-1 central business district.
“…Access to Broad Street will be discouraged in favor of access from Cherry Street. Regulations are designed to preserve the traffic-carrying capacity of public streets while providing and enhancing central business parking. It is not the intent of this district to encourage extensive strip commercial development, but rather to provide concentrations of general commercial activities,” reads the new section of 11-408 of the zoning ordinances, in part.
A list of permitted uses and structures include retail stores, offices, financial institutions, eating and drinking establishments, businesses and personal services, indoor recreation, parking lots and garages, churches, printing, package and parcel delivery services.
Those prohibited by the proposed ordinance include manufacture and wholesale businesses.
The ordinance calls for minimum off-street parking that includes angle spaces fronting onto Cherry Street, unless alternative parking plans are approved by the New Tazewell Planning Commission.
No individual parking space will be less than 10 feet by 20 feet, according to the proposed ordinance.
The public hearing drew no response.
The BMA is expected to vote on this ordinance, on second and final reading, during its regular June meeting.
In other action, Mayor Jerry Beeler and the aldermen present, Franklin Essary and Stan Leonard, discussed plans for the May 27 seasonal opening of the New Tazewell Municipal Pool. Special hours over the Memorial Day weekend will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday through Monday.
Regular seasonal hours are: Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Eli Turner is the head lifeguard. Mindy Williams will serve this season as the pool manager.
To book a pool party, call Williams at 423-441-2354.
The BMA will be meeting in special session on June 27 to cement the city’s new fiscal year budget. A workshop is planned for June 20.
Reach Jan Runions at 423-254-5588 or on Twitter @scribeCP.