The Paris Regional Municipal Planning Commission voted against recommending a request to rezone a Blakemore Street property at its Thursday meeting.

According to administrative assistant M.J. Stancook, the board opposed the request of property owner Justin Fields to rezone 207 Blakemore St. from single family/duplexes to multi-family zoning.

That recommendation will be forwarded to the Paris Commission prior to their February meeting.

Fields had planned to construct three to six units on the property, which is 56 feet wide and 178 feet deep.

During discussion, board members noted granting the request for a single lot would amount to spot zoning.

If the rezoning were recommended, it would need to encompass more than one lot.

An R-3 zoning designation also would permit the use of single-wide manufactured homes, so long as they met setback requirements.

Information in the board packet noted the planner’s opinion was a recommendation only, and the Paris Commission was free to act in any way it saw fit.

However, the city commission general follows the recommendation of the planning commission.

In other action, the commission agreed to recommend the request of property owners Chris Pitts and Lance Smith to acquire an abandoned right-of-way on the closed end of Clifty Road.

Pitts owns a storage business bordered by Highway 641 and Clifty Road, while Smith owns properties on either side of Clifty Road that border the Highway 218 Bypass.

The commission voted to offer the property with Keenan amendments, which would give the city first right of refusal should the property owners ever decided to sell the parcels.

The amendments also require the city to retain an easement for utilities, storm water facilities and the like.

The city also will contact a third property owner adjacent to the road, who has not contacted the city as yet about the right of way.

The request will also be forwarded to the Paris Commission for its consideration.

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