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November 28, 2012

Murphrees pull rezoning request

Thirty complaint letters filed in protest by neighbors

DUNCAN — Two rezoning requests that were brought before the City Council Tuesday night have been taken care of.

The first was a request from Ken and Kreg Murphree to expand Murf’s Guns onto a lot behind the store. The lot is now R-1, single-family residential zoning, but had the request been completed, it would have been changed to C-4, general commercial zoning district.

Kreg Murphree attended Tuesday night’s council meeting and withdrew the request. The withdrawal will be a relief to many property owners in the neighborhood surrounding Murf’s Guns.

Those property owners wrote several letters asking the request to be denied as to not lower the value of the residential properties, change the character of the neighborhood, increase water and flood control problems or increase traffic on Hudson Avenue or Pearl Street. Property owners were also concerned that this would put neighborhood children at risk, increase noise and pollution and increase the noise from gunshots on the premises.

The planning commission received 30 notices of opposition to this matter.

The council also voted against a request to classify 210 N. Fifth as a general commercial zone. The request was made by Joseph and Wanda Terrio. Terrio has owned the property for about four years and was using the property’s lot and four-car garage to run an auto detail service shop. Dana Schoening, Duncan’s Community Development Director, said that complaints on this property have continually been voiced to the his code enforcement agents even before Terrio bought the property.

Previously, the property was unlawfully been used as a commercial site as well. The complaints continued with the auto detail service. The council voted unanimously to keep this as residential zoning.

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