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DDA narrows down project area for revitalization
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jan 30, 2014 | 1323 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The question of what areas in the City of Gray will be included in a protective zoning overlay was the primary topic of discussion in the most recent Downtown Development Authority meeting.

DDA members reiterated their concern at their Jan. 13 meeting about having control of the type of development that could come into the city under the current zoning regulations and the appearance of buildings that could be put up around the area of the Master Plan.

One structure in the wrong place could go a long way in detracting from the attractive hometown atmosphere that is the goal of the plan. Details in the overlay would include setbacks, how many stories would be allowed for buildings, acceptable colors for building exteriors, landscaping, signage, and parking.

Zoning officer Tim Pitrowski has been helping the DDA to come up with guidelines to be included in the overlay, which will be taken to city council for approval.

Chairman Sherri Rollins led the meeting and noted that the guidelines along the corridor entering Gray should be restrictive enough to keep the development consistent with the small town theme but flexible enough not to discourage growth.

The consensus of the group appeared to be to expand the overlay to include the area around the Bill Conn Jr. Parkway, and Mayor Stephen Tingen suggested expanding it across the road to include those corners.

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