The city of Fultondale has rezoned one of its oldest neighborhoods in order to allow businesses to open there.
On Monday, the city council rezoned the Glendale area from multi-family (R-3) to a general business (B-2) district following public hearing.
A few residents spoke up to question the rezoning, including a woman who asked the time frame of when businesses would appear in the neighborhood.
“There is nothing the city has (planned) or nothing I know of coming soon,” said Mayor Jim Lowery, adding that the purpose of the action is to make Glendale’s zoning “consistent with zoning around it.”
Another woman asked what type of businesses would be allowed. City inspector Ed Hawkins said it would be the “same type of businesses up and down Walker Chapel Road.”
One concern among audience members was whether the rezoning would cause property taxes to increase. Lowery said homeowners’ taxes will not increase as long as residents continue to live there as residents only, and without opening a business on their property.
A man in the audience asked why the city did not rezone the property as R-1, in order to prevent the building of apartment buildings in the neighborhood, rather than allowing businesses in.
“You’re killing one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city,” the man told the council.
“You can stay as long as you like,” Lowery responded. “The zoning we’re proposing ... will be more consistent with the zoning around the property... We think this is the highest and best use of the property.”
In other business, the council approved two business licenses: One for Family Care Dental, to be located at 1810 Decatur Hwy., Suite 212, applied for by Shaheen Upton; and one for Good N Vape, to be located at 1311 Decatur Hwy., Suite B, applied for by Jerry Harris.