The public is invited to learn about major zoning changes along Highway 84 East | Government and politics






The public is invited to attend a preview of proposed city code changes affecting future development practices along the eastern corridor of Highway 84 from downtown Dothan to the ACOM Medical Campus.


JAY HARE, DOTHAN EAGLE


The public is invited to attend the preview of proposed changes to the City’s zoning code that will impact future development practices along the Highway 84 East Corridor.

Three district overlays will be proposed for the corridor in accordance with the Highway 84 Eastern Corridor Plan commissioned by Design Workshop and adopted by the Dothan City Commission on January 15, 2019.

Based on past conversations with city planning and long-range plan officials for the region, Design Workshop will specify the exact boundaries and zoning requirements for three districts: the college-anchored district surrounding the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medical; the Wellness District surrounding Southeast Health; and a business and leisure centered district that branches off from the immediate downtown area.

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Overlay districts have been introduced by the Dothan planning department in the past to create incentives and development strategies in targeted areas, but have been widely used in the city centre.

Project manager Bob Wilkerson, long-range planner for the town of Dothan, told commissioners last year he believed the 84 East Corridor long-range plan released in 2019 had already spurred some development, some of which do not conform to the vision of the city.

At the same meeting, City Manager Kevin Cowper said overlay districts aren’t meant to be too burdensome for developers.

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