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Rezoning for Beulah Park gets preliminary approval

The Jamestown Planning Commission gave preliminary approval Monday to a zoning change for Beulah Park to allow for the construction of single-family dwellings and twin homes.

Beulah Park is a former Bible camp bordered on three sides by the James River at 901 4th Ave. NW.

The request will be on the agenda for final approval at the May 8 Planning Commission meeting.

If given final approval, the zoning of the property would change from park/open space/recreation to R1a zoning, allowing single-family and twin homes.

Dean Hafner, who owns the property, said homes constructed there at an elevation of 1 foot above the floodplain would meet the requirements of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The elevation of each lot could not be changed, although each planned home and an area 15 feet on all sides of it could be filled with dirt to reach the necessary elevation.

Nadine Readel, who lives across the river from the development, said people living in the neighborhood were still against the development.

"There are 20-some people concerned about flooding there versus one developer," she said.

Because of the protests by neighboring property, the zoning change will need a 75 percent majority when considered by the Jamestown City Council possibly in June.

In other business, the Planning Commission denied a request to replat 1618 Highway 281 N. The party requesting the replat had not reached agreements with all area landowners.