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Wall Triana rezoning plan passes commission vote

The proposed area, if approved, would be converted to business zoning from its current residential zone. (Source: Planning Commission Report) The proposed area, if approved, would be converted to business zoning from its current residential zone. (Source: Planning Commission Report)
The next hurdle for the measure after Thursday's commission vote is the Madison City Council. (Source: WAFF) The next hurdle for the measure after Thursday's commission vote is the Madison City Council. (Source: WAFF)
MADISON, AL (WAFF) -

The Madison City Planning Commission voted to throw their support towards a planned zoning change that has angered residents.

The vote was 6-3 in favor of the recommendation, but not after spirited opinion from opponents of the change.

Dozens of city residents showed up to Thursday night's vote. Many are opposed to the zoning change, which would convert a plot of land at the corner of Wall Triana Highway and Browns Ferry Road from a residential designation to a business zone.

Developers with the Sembler Company are looking at the almost 20-acre piece of land for a shopping center project, but they'll need it rezoned from residential to business before they can build.  

"The Sembler Company prides itself on developing successful retail projects that, in fact, strengthen communities," said developer Josh Byer.

Neighbors remain unimpressed. More than 160 signed a petition opposing any zoning change, raising alarms over traffic, noise, crime, and overall quality of life.

"We don't need another shopping center," said Melissa Scopes. "Look at the Madison Square Mall. It is completely empty up there."

"Look at the people who live in these neighborhoods," added Lois Brown. "We just want quiet; we want to be able to barbecue at night. We want that living that we came out here for."

Madison City Planning Director Amy Bell believes the proposed change will better the community.

"It's our belief that energizing not only the existing shopping around Plaza Boulevard, but also this parcel by the correct zoning, is what will enliven this area," Bell said.

The measure has one more hurdle to overcome before becoming official. City council members will vote on the proposal during their July 28 meeting.

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