By: Diane Benjamin
Proposed Zoning ordinance: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=20438
Normally when changes are made to existing ordinances the original version is used as a baseline document. Parts are crossed out and the proposed changes are listed. This document is not presented like that. Therefore, it must be a total re-write of all zoning ordinances. Considering the document is 246 pages of gobbly-goop impossible to understand charts obviously meant to control property rights, you should be afraid. Finding the “right fit” looks like the goal, limiting progress will be the result.
A few items I found by not looking very hard:
PDF page 20
People who live on very busy streets find it almost impossible to back out of their driveway safely. In order to turn around allowing them to pull straight out, some have installed a gravel area. Looks like that would be banned, much more expensive pavement would be required. Of course these problems don’t exist in areas where people can afford it.
PDF page 21
Garage sales are almost always held outside. Why does anybody from the City need to enter your premise?
PDF page 23
Seriously, who goes downtown to shop?
Employee and position list: http://www.cityblm.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=16374
Bloomington has Code Enforcement people, there is no position labeled Zoning Enforcement Officer. Does that mean they are going to hire one?
Zoning Enforcement Officer is mentioned on PDF pages: 9, 15, 24, 33, 40, 215
Code enforcers have been combing the City ticketing people for things like downspouts that are too long.
Another army of zoning enforcers will be unleashed.
Bloomington hasn’t seen anything yet if these zoning changes are approved.
The entire ordinance needs dumped. Your property already isn’t yours because of ridiculous property taxes. The proposed changes further limit your right to private property.