City of New England completes ordinance updates

After almost a four year process the New England City Council finished updating the city ordinances. The city ordinances had not been updated since the 1970s.

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Posted June 20, 2014

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

After almost a four year process the New England City Council finished updating the city ordinances. The city ordinances had not been updated since the 1970s. According to Butch Frank, it may have been due to a decreasing population. During that time period New England was losing residents, but now with oil industry bringing the population back to the southwest part of the state, the population is on the upswing.

There were two parts to the project, according to Frank. The first one is having a comprehensive plan, which is a non-legal document that acts as a guideline for city development. The other is the zoning, which has two parts itself.

The first part of the zoning portion is the ordinance, or the actual text of the law. That has been in effect since last May.

The last piece of the project was updating the district zoning map.

“We had some stuff where we had commercial in residential areas, and vice versa,” Frank said. “So what we did was adjusted the boundaries to where they would include those in their respected districts the way they should be set up.”

Since the last major ordinance update, the city had been changing, but the ordinances were not being updated, and according to Frank, all they did was update what had been left unattended.

“Basically we didn’t change anybody that hadn’t already been changed,” Frank said.

Now with the updated map, the city can move forward prepared for what changes the area might need.

“We’ll have the tools to do what we need in town,” Frank said. “We just need to have somebody to use the tools correctly to enforce that, and that is the Zoning Commission.”

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