Zone change proposed in Pleasant Valley

Some property in the Pleasant Valley neighborhood should be designated for residential rather than industrial use, according to the Fort Dodge Plan and Zoning Commission.

The commission recommended Tuesday that the zoning of a little less than an acre along 16th Street Southwest between 12th and 13th avenues southwest be switched from light industrial to single family residential. That recommendation now goes to the City Council for final action.

That land was part of a larger parcel the local government bought from the Union Pacific Railroad several months ago to prepare for the drilling of a new water well, according to Stephanie Houk Sheetz, the senior city planner. The property isn’t needed for the new well.

She said the city will probably sell the property, which is a vacant lot. She added that it would be appropriate to change the zoning before any potential sale.

Commission members Mike Doyle, Dennis Crimmins and Steve Kersten were absent from the otherwise unanimous vote to recommend the zoning change.