MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison City residents will get one last chance to influence a controversial rezoning plan on Monday evening.
The Madison City Council will hold a public hearing on a proposal that could enable the development of a shopping center at the corner of Wall Triana Highway and Browns Ferry Road.
The planning commission has already voted 6 to 3 to approve the rezoning. However, the Madison City Council is required to hold a public hearing.
The piece of property that will be discussed it currently a wheat field that is zoned residential. The proposal would make it commercial. This would open the land up for a possible new high-end shopping center and possibly a school.
Residents in the Park Meadow Neighborhood, which is across the street, worry that rezoning the land at Wall Triana and Browns Ferry will lower their property values and increase traffic. They are encouraging the City Council to concentrate on fixing up already established shopping centers around Madison.
The public comment period of the meeting comes at the beginning. Comments will be limited to five minutes for those who have signed up ahead of time. Those who do not sign up will have three minutes.
More than 150 people signed a petition opposing the zoning changes.
The council meeting is Monday, July 28 at 6:00 p.m. at Madison’s Municipal Complex.