The Chariton City Council approved several requests for the Chariton Planning and Zoning Commission to review and make recommendations on at their regular meeting Monday, May 17.

The council approved to request the Planning and Zoning Commission to review and make recommendations on vacating an alley between the 1400 block of Franklin Avenue and the 1400 block of Iowa Avenue in Chariton.

Chariton City Manager Laura Liegois said that the alley is not currently vacated and is all grown in grass except for one area that someone uses as part of their driveway. She also included a photo in the council members’ meeting packets of what the alley area looks like currently.

“It has been a long time since it has been a true alley back there,” Chariton Mayor Denny Bisgard said.

The council also approved requests for three properties that need to be rezoned for the way they’re being used. The first request approved for these was that the Planning and Zoning Commission review and make recommendations on re-zoning the area of the 1100 block of N. 17th Street and the 1100 block of N. 16th St. in Chariton.

City Manager Liegois explained that this area has six lots, which five new homes were built on during 2019. This area is currently zoned as RD-70M, which is for single and duplex modified residences. The zone this property is currently in is for mobile homes and trailer type housing. Chariton City Staff recommends that this be changed to RD-70, which is for single and duplex residence.

The council also approved to request the Planning and Zoning Commission to review and make recommendations on re-zoning the area of the 500 block of Hy-Vee Road. This area is zoned in two zones of HD, which is heavy general business, and RD-70M, which is single and duplex modified residence.

“City staff recommends this area be zoned as RD-70M, which would fit appropriately for the mobile home housing that is there,” Liegois said.

The council approved to request the Planning and Zoning Commission to review and make recommendations on re-zoning the area of the 400 block of Hy-Vee Road. This area is currently zoned in two zones of HD, which is heavy general business, and RD-70M, which is single and duplex modified residence.

“This area should be zoned as RD-70 for single and duplex residence, which would fit right for the residential home that is there,” Liegois said.