Planning Commission Reviews Sweeping Zoning Recommendations

On March 19, the Paramount Planning Commission hosted a Study Session to review proposed changes to the City’s zoning code as recommended by the Air Quality Sub Committee. The final recommended changes to the extensive zoning ordinance were presented during the Sub Committee’s final meeting in October 2017, and later brought before the City Council at the December 12, 2017 meeting.

Before any of these changes can be enacted, they must be reviewed by the Planning Commission. If the proposed recommendations are approved by the Commission, the draft changes will return to the City Council for final review and vote.

The new ordinance would comprehensively address air quality concerns by placing extensive regulations on existing metal-related businesses. These regulations include non-operational measures (requirements that do not affect the operations of a business, such as buffer landscaping and business signs) and operational regulations (code provisions that set specific limitations and requirements on business operations).

During Monday’s session, which was designed specifically for reviewing the ordinance, the Planning Commission thoroughly discussed the recommendations and heard community input and questions. Each commissioner supported the reasoning behind the changes, indicating a desire to tackle air quality concerns in the present and the future.

The proposed changes to the code are extensive and would have a long-lasting impact on the future of industrial businesses in Paramount.

The Planning Commission will host a second Study Session on April 26, 2018 to further review and discuss suggestions from the public input and any staff changes. In May, the Commission will conduct a public hearing before voting on the new ordinance. If approved then, the proposed changes will return to the City Council for a final review and vote in June.

The materials for the March 19, 2018 meeting can be viewed and downloaded below:

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