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Baxter Approves Super High Density Zoning Code

/ The Upper Cumberland's News Leader
Baxter Approves Super High Density Zoning Code

City of Baxter has updated its zoning codes to create a zone for “super high-density residential.”

UCDD Planning Deputy Director Tommy Lee said the zone will allow for multi-family developments on 5,000 square feet lots. He said with the development occurring in Baxter, the updated zoning code will meet the needs for future projects.

“And the request for the smaller lots is the reason in my opinion has implemented this zoning district,” Lee said. “We had two requests from very large developments which we did not allow for at the time. The city really wanted the development, so instead of granting several variances, we just decided to amend the code to allow for this type of use.”

Lee said any projects that fall under super high density will require and rezoning request from the planning commission. He said one of the goals of implementing a zone for a super high-density residential development is to prevent urban scrawl.

Lee said this way the city will be able to make the most use of the land to meet the demands for residential development.


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