HOBART | Attracting new businesses to North Wind Crossings might be somewhat easier, thanks to an ordinance amendment that clarifies what types of businesses can and cannot be added to the park.
The Hobart Plan Commission approved it Thursday night.
The old ordinance had more than 50 items, outlining types of businesses that were permitted in the light industrial park, which is east of Mississippi Street and south of 61st Avenue.
The new amendment lists in more general terms what is acceptable and outlines performance standards that potential businesses must meet.
“The list of uses was outdated, and we wanted to come up with something that was easier (for developers and city staff) to use,” said Paul Thurston, a representative of North Wind Crossings. “This captures the flavor of what we want to do in a light industrial park.”
The amendment permits business uses, including warehousing, distribution, assembly, and research and development. It also allows for laboratories and office space, as well as call centers and data centers.
Some uses that are not permitted within the light industrial park include auto body repair, a truck stop, meat processing, a salvage yard and fuel refining.
Performance standards are set for topics, including noise, odor, vibrations, toxic matter and air and water pollution.
City Planner Sergio Mendoza said the amendment will be helpful to city staff when discussing the development with potential businesses and help the city stay competitive.
“There have been some issues in the past in interpreting the list of permitted usage,” he said.
The commission also gave a favorable recommendation to rezoning the entire 180-acre property as a Planned Unit Development. Portions of the property had been a Planned Unit Development, while others were zoned for manufacturing and residential use.
Under the new zoning, 20 acres previously zoned for residential use will remain undeveloped, to act as a buffer to the residential development to the north, and to be used for stormwater detention.
The recommended amendment and the recommended zoning changes to the property must also be approved by the City Council.