No immediate changes made for Green Park comprehensive plan

By Robert Chalupny

No changes will be made to Green Park’s comprehensive plan in the immediate future, the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission has decided.

The nine-member planning panel last week performed its annual review of the city’s comprehensive plan and members agreed they would continue to evaluate two pending development issues that may need to be addressed in the plan before revising it.

The Planning and Zoning Commission does not have to wait another year to change the comprehensive plan, but it would have to sponsor a public hearing before any revisions are made.

A redevelopment proposal for the Yuma Drive area and potential south county MetroLink routes that affect Green park are two issues city officials are reviewing before they are addressed in the comprehensive plan.

The two things that need to be changed are to update the plan to reflect that the street previously named Mackenzie Road was changed to Green Park Industrial Drive, and a section regarding connecting Lin Valle and the Lindbergh Business Court to create access from Green Park Road to Lindbergh Boulevard that needs to be removed because the area is developed and a building is in the middle of that route.

Both issues already are briefly addressed in Green Park’s current comprehensive plan.

With MetroLink, for instance, there is a section in the comprehensive plan that states, “The concepts of a MetroLink ex-tension, commuter rail service, or an I-170 extension serving Green Park are viewed, generally, as positive transportation im-provements. However, there exist no appropriate sights for stations within the present city boundaries. A potential future MetroLink station site may exist along the Burlington Northern right of way just south of Lindbergh.”

However, City Attorney Paul Rost advised commissioners to take a proactive stance on this issue.

If the commissioners would like to see a MetroLink station constructed in a certain part of Green Park, Rost told them they should identify the area in the comprehensive plan.

Also, if commissioners definitely do not want a station in a certain area, they should voice those concerns in the plan as well, he said.

“If there are places you don’t want it, I would put that in writing,” Rost told the commission.

Rost said it may not be something that city officials would have a legal stake in, but if their feelings are articulated in the comprehensive plan regarding a potential station location, MetroLink representatives may take their input into consideration.

MetroLink has presented four possible routes to the public for bringing MetroLink to the south county area. Study members are collecting feedback from citizens and cities in the area.

The comprehensive plan also addresses the Yuma Drive area, which has been the site of several redevelopment proposals.

All properties facing Lindbergh are zoned commercial and all properties facing Yuma Drive should be residential, ac-cording to the current plan.

However, a current redevelopment proposal, which still is in the preliminary stage, would move Yuma Drive back 50 feet, causing all that property to be facing Lindbergh Boulevard.

Mayor Steven S. Armstrong stressed how preliminary the development was and said there should be a general provision in the plan regarding the area.

“We don’t need to get too excited at this point about rezoning our city,” Armstrong said. “… We should not revise it to fit a specific one (development).”

It still is being debated whether the city would need to change the comprehensive plan if the development was approved, but Rost advised commissioners to consider creating a separate subpart or an amendment to the comprehensive plan to address any specific development.

Commission members agreed they would take the same approach that it plans to with MetroLink — to keep gathering information and sharing it with the commission. If action needs to be taken, they they will do everything at once.