- Deputies: Man, woman tried to arrange killing of his estranged wife (5/21/17)1
- Former coroner convicted of felony theft now faces prison in misdemeanor case (5/23/17)2
- Cape police say man assaulted, kidnapped girlfriend (5/21/17)2
- Woman may lose foot after being hit by moped (5/24/17)
- Mississippi County sheriff fights efforts in court to remove him from office (5/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Woman, sister-in-law buy Perryville custom-wear shop (5/22/17)
- Cape man accused of shooting a woman in Jackson (5/21/17)
- Police apprehend Charleston man they say hit Cape woman with car (5/24/17)
- Illinois Trail of Tears site where Cherokee buried named to National Historic Register (5/24/17)
- Broadening horizons: Heartland Dream Team founder stays committed to area youth (5/21/17)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.