Adoption of updated Zoning Ordinance

Status: In Progress 

Estimated Completion: July 2024

Project: Revision of City Zoning Ordinances

Description: Review and revise the Zoning Ordinances for the City of Van

Project Budget: Initial $5,000 contract with Bureau Veritas

Funding Source: Budgeted item - General Fund - Professional Services and Fees


February 2, 2024

Uploaded a revised copy of the ordinance for review and sending a FB reminder of the Feb 8th meeting. 

January 27, 2024

Working on adding a "Community Voice" feature to the website and the zoning page, but it is sending out an email alert to every citizen on the list each time a comment is made. Need to work on setting before going live. 

January 26, 2024

Revised document recieved and being reviewed. List of discussion points for the Feb 8 public meeting being compiled. 

January 23, 2024

Meeting between City staff and Bureau Veritas about changes to the proposed draft, based on review and feedback from public meeting. SOme discussion topics included:

Sec 36.002 - RV parking will be stricken from Zoning, discussed, and any parking regulations be included in the existing parking ordinance (Chapter 32)

Sec 36.002 - Swimming pools to be deconflicted with existing pool prdinance

Sec 36.023 - (e) Residential architectural  standards will be discussed in Feb 8 hearing for possible removal

                       - Screening and site design - clarify requirements or lack of regarding residential trash containers

Sec 36.024 - Already addressed in the adopted building code

Sec 36.026 - Parking and storage - will be discussed/modified and relocated to the existing parking ordinance (Chapter 32)

Sec 36.029 - Outdoor lighting code - will be removed and possibly an independant ordinance at a later time

Clarification of child care centers in residential areas. Definition of a child care center is "four or more" to mirror state law, ordinance will not prevent in home child care by special use permit in a residential area, only commercial day care. 

January 22, 2024

Email address created for citizens to provide direct comment ( Web page for information about the zoning proposal updated to include FAQ, contact info, Comprehensive Plan, and better explanation about the process. 

January 18, 2024

First public meeting regarding the draft proposal at Van City Hall. ## citizens signed in on attendance sheet, multiple citizens voicing concerns items contained within the proposed document. Requested the increased inclusion of the Planning and Zoning Committee and the creation of an email address specifically for citizens to provide input on the process.