“An eight-foot wall isn’t high enough. All we want is a fair shake. Treat us with some respect.” Barney Drake, a Magnolia Trace resident.
A light industrial, office and commercial development, which has gone through ownership and other changes, moved closer to reality Wednesday night.The planning commission recommended that city council members approve the amended planned industrial district off Joe B Jackson with one major change.
It’s a season of walls
Thanks to Councilman Eddie Smotherman, who is also on the planning commission, Drake got an extra foot on a wall between the development and his home. Maybe it wasn’t all that he wanted, but even that result was a surprise to this jaded observer.
In all, residents living in the adjacent Magnolia Trace subdivision got some concessions but came away dissatisfied from Wednesday’s planning commission meeting.
“We know we can’t please everybody,” Vice Mayor Doug Young, who sits on the planning commission, told departing residents.
The sad truth is that the neighborhood meeting and negotiations would be unnecessary if city leaders would only recognize a simple planning principle — residences and industrial uses don’t go together. Other communities know this.