Foley council discusses amendments to zoning ordinance

By Jessica Vaughn
Posted 1/11/22

FOLEY - At the Jan. 3 meeting, the Foley City Council approved amendments to the zoning ordinance, with more proposed amendments scheduled to appear in the near future. Recently, the council was …

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FOLEY - At the Jan. 3 meeting, the Foley City Council approved amendments to the zoning ordinance, with more proposed amendments scheduled to appear in the near future. Recently, the council was presented with a draft of the ordinance amendments. Prior to approval, further modifications were made to the document. One modification would have changed R3 Multi-Family zonings from 12 units per acre to 14 units per acre, but it was decided before the vote to leave the number of units at 12.
A future amendment planned to appear before the council concerns single-sided wooden fences and the direction the finished side should face. Councilman Charlie Ebert voiced his desire to see the zoning ordinance require the finished side to be facing away from the development.
"It'll protect neighbors and conflicts within neighborhoods," he said. "I just think it's a good responsibility to your neighbors to put the finished side facing away from the house if the fence is single sided."
The request is scheduled to appear before the Foley Planning Commission during its January or February meeting for recommendation.
"We've been working diligently at the planning commission level because of the growth to get good developments," said Mayor Ralph Hellmich. "We still have some densities, but we have also improved water headway capability, we have better ordinances when it comes to sidewalks and development amenities, all of those things. This is decreasing the density across pretty much all of the zones, and it is modifying a couple of things that we didn't particularly want to see developed that way, so I think this is a good modification."
He said as Foley's population increases, more modifications will be made to the zoning ordinance, as is done with the comprehensive plan.
"This is a living document, and we're continuing to bring changes forward that help us move forward with our city and development," he said.