ONTARIO - The Ontario Planning Commission Tuesday night recommended a substantial plan, which will change land use designation, go to the city council for approval.

A city initiative, the plan involves 350 zone changes for 900 residential, industrial and commercial property owners in the city.

The changes is an effort from the city to try to make the General Plan consistent with what the city feels is the right land use for those properties. Because of the updates to the General Plan in 2010, some properties are now zoned in areas not applicable anymore.

The commission made the decision after hearing nearly two hours of testimony from residents who were mainly concerned the changes would lower their property value.

A lot residents asked the commission to make an exception on their home but city staff say it would be illegal to create spot zones.

Prior to Tuesday night's meeting, planning staffers held a series of open house meetings over the next four months to discuss how these updated land change uses may impact residential, industrial and commercial property owners, said Jerry Blum , director of the Planning Department.

Blum urged residents who still had issues with the changes to call him or his staff.

"Staff is always willing to sit down and discuss with you," he said.

The item will now go the city council for final approval.



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