In a called meeting of the Paris Commission Wednesday morning, two rezoning requests were approved on first readings.

The Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission had approved the requests last week and recommended the city commission approve.

The first request was for a parcel owned by Fred Morris just south of the Nissan of Paris dealership.

Planners had also approved a minor subdivision plat adding 0.74 acres to the existing 2.04-acre tract.

The two tracts had been zoned both planned industrial (PM) and shopping center (SC1). The Nissan property was also zoned SC1, a zone which does not allow an automobile dealership as a use by right.

So the planning commission recommended both properties be zoned planned business (PB).

A 72-room Hampton Inn is planned for that 2.78-acre tract, as first reported in Wednesday’s Post-Intelligencer.

The second rezoning request was for a minor subdivision plat submitted by Dharmesh Patel and Henry Farmers Co-op that was approved at the planners’ November meeting.

Patel has acquired a 0.77 acre tract zoned light industrial (M1) which is now combined with his existing 0.52 acre tract zoned B1 (highway commercial).

Planners recommended all of the newly created tract be zoned B1.

Both rezoning requests will be on the city’s Dec. 5 agenda with public hearings scheduled prior to each second reading.

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