Rich Hill Mayor on Zoning

FROM THE DESK OF JASON RICH, RICH HILL MAYOR

After reading a couple of comments regarding the creation of a zoning ordinance, Zoning is a dirty word because, unfortunately, most people do not fully understand it leading to wild and inaccurate thoughts about zoning. The purpose of zoning is to allow the city of Rich Hill to enforce ordinances that protect the health, safety, and property of citizens. The City of Rich Hill is evaluating 23 ordinances currently in effect, some with origin dates in the early 1900’s. Without an updated zoning ordinance, a court could determine these are invalid. This includes the prevention of slaughterhouses inside the city. I find it unacceptable to leave the city of Rich Hill open to fighting a battle like this in court knowing the city could potentially lose. The citizens will be the losers if this happens because you are the city.

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