- Cape man gets 8 years for robbery, his first offense (12/7/16)9
- 3 students in custody for violent threat; no details released (12/9/16)15
- Abuse suspect tries to take cop's gun; officer zaps him with Taser and punches his face (12/7/16)3
- Group seeks to create a neighborhood park on Cape Girardeau's south side (12/7/16)14
- Man sentenced to 103 years for murder of Cape woman (12/6/16)4
- Cape may allow residents to keep chickens; residents at meeting push for measure (12/6/16)34
- Poplar Bluff man accused of enticement, child porn in Scott County sting operation (12/4/16)
- Burglary suspect apprehended inside Jackson garage (12/4/16)
- Company to start recruiting businesses to Jackson, Cape (12/9/16)15
- 13 venues, 60 sponsors participating in Happy Slapowitz's Toy Bash on Thursday (12/7/16)2
Cape Girardeau's zoning code has not been completely overhauled for 40 years. A great deal has changed in those four decades.
Many residents can recall what the city was like in the late 1960s. The center of retail activity was shifting from downtown to the Town Plaza area near Kingshighway. The final segments of Interstate 55 were being constructed and wouldn't be completed for a couple more years. The mall and other retail developments along the interstate were still several years away. And residential areas of single-family homes were clustered mainly between Kingshighway and the river.
It's easy to spot some of the major shifts in the way property is being used around the city. New retail areas have vastly increased the amount of land devoted to commercial activity. Neighborhoods around Southeast Missouri State University, formerly single-family homes, are being converted to student housing.
The Planning and Zoning Commission is getting ready to review a complete rewrite of the zoning code, a process that began months ago. By October, the commission hopes to schedule public hearings on the revisions. Anyone interested in city zoning should watch as the process unfolds and make plans to participate in these public meetings.