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Zoning law tightened

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An amended ordinance unanimously passed by Ruston aldermen on Monday will make it necessary for business owners to take a few extra steps before they can open businesses in a residential area.

The city’s transition zoning ordinance allows doctors’ offices, attorney’s offices and some other businesses to locate in the first lot of a residential area — if it’s next to a commercial or industrial zone. The previous ordinance also allowed some other businesses not specified in the ordinance to set up shop in the first residential lot if they were approved by the Board of Adjustment.

The amended ordinance means instead of obtaining only Board of Adjustment approval, business owners must get the OK from the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council, which can add restrictions to make the business more compatible with the neighborhood.

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