DECATUR – The Decatur City Council on Monday voted 5-0 with one abstention to rezone 105.6 acres of land on the city's northeast side to M-2 Heavy Industrial, a move seen as being compatible with existing area uses by the City but which had drawn questions of concern from some area residents.
Archer Daniels Midland Co. petitioned to rezone several of its properties to M-2 Heavy Industrial to create a universal zoning classification between the properties. The parcels in question are located near the northwest corner of Faries Parkway and North Brush College Road and had been defined by a number of different zoning classifications prior to the rezoning – including Limited Industrial, Residential and Commercial/Light Industrial.
While there is some residential use near the newly rezoned sites industrial uses – including M-2 Heavy Industry - are prevalent throughout the area. It was thought that the rezoning represented a natural extension of existing classifications.
In other business the council received an update on ongoing water conservation efforts in the wake of the drought that continues to grip the region. The Council also approved a series of changes to the City's municipal code to facilitate outdoor dining and other public uses as part of ongoing improvements to the downtown streetscape.
Lake Decatur – the City's primary source of water – continues to fall at a rate of about 2/3 of an inch per day due to the drought. The City on Wednesday enacted mandatory water restrictions for all who draw water from Lake Decatur and the City's water supply, including the City of Decatur, the Village of Mt. Zion, the Village of Harristown and the Long Creek Township Water Department if the latter two communities need to use Decatur water on a part time emergency basis.
City Manager Ryan McCrady on Monday said that the city continues to monitor the situation closely and that more restrictive regulations could be forthcoming in a week to 10 days if the city doesn't receive regular, consistent precipitation soon.