URBANA — The city council this week will consider a request by developer Howard Wakeland to rezone a chunk of North Lincoln Avenue residential properties to make them more accommodating to neighborhood business.
The Urbana City Council will meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St.
Wakeland already owns nine of the 11 properties he is asking city officials to rezone in the 900 blocks of west Church and Hill streets and the 700 block of North Lincoln Avenue.
The distinction would give the property owner more flexibility in what may be built on those properties, from single-family or multi-family residence buildings to convenience or other small retail stores.
During a Nov. 8 plan commission meeting, Planning Manager Robert Myers told commissioners that it could be argued that the block is not yet "ripe" for development — two owner-occupied homes remain.
On the other hand, Wakeland's request is in tune with Urbana's comprehensive plan, a document that guides future development in the city. The plan calls for that block to be the future site of "community business."
The plan commission on Dec. 20 recommended in a 5-0 vote that the city council approve Wakeland's request.