Rezoning: Protecting Old Neighborhoods

The Bowling Green Board of Commissioners rightly voted to delay a rezoning ordinance. As a City Commissioner, I led the charge and voted to delay rezoning a 1.5 acre tract of land on Old Morgantown Road from multifamily residential to general business for development of a grocery store. I believe this is the right choice for Bowling Green at the moment. Ideally, I believe we can find a compromise that protects the residents who have chosen remain or move-in to the Old Morgantown Road area while fostering a business-friendly environment.

If the Commission decides to move ahead with the rezoning at the next commissioner’s meeting, I will work to devise a course of action that prevents residents and families from being harshly penalized for choosing to remain in what many consider socio-economically challenged neighborhood. As your city commissioner, I believe in showing concern for people and for business. Sometimes that means the City can’t rush through with votes if a fair and equitable plan has not been established.

I believe in standing up for people in all neighborhoods, including those trapped or who have chosen to live in lower socio-economic areas by requesting the Commission delay this vote. All neighborhoods need protection from commercial encroachment regardless of where these neighborhoods are located.

For more, please check out BG Daily News’ article by clicking here.

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