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Planning and Zoning Commission Requests More Landscaping Input

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 206

The Galesburg Planning and Zoning Commission will be gathering additional input on landscaping after a meeting last night.

The Commission is considering the Landscaping Ordinance after the Galesburg City Council suspended the rule Monday night.

Putting a moratorium on the ordinance came about after Sixth Ward Alderman Wayne Allen requested the suspension.

Galesburg’s City Administration has repeatedly requested that specifics be identified to make the landscaping process easier for prospective businesses.

Community Development Director Roy Parkin says amendments he suggested seemed reasonable from the requirements developed with the aid of Teska and Associates in previous years.

“They actually had, as I recall, significantly more requirements at that point in time,” Parkin said.  “We expressed concerns — and I think the Commission had concerns.  So, the requirements were reduced down to what we see now.”

Exempting accessory buildings, eliminating square foot requirements for parking lots, and allowing stone mulch without special approval were among the City’s suggestions.

A local landscaper was given the opportunity to make suggestions which will be considered at the next Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.