- Obama shortens sentence of inmate from Cape (1/19/17)9
- Business notebook: Jackson salon owner also opens a clothing store (1/16/17)
- Area hospitals hope a box helps prevent infant deaths (1/19/17)6
- Jackson police describe night of anger, car crashes, drug possession by 18-year-old (1/22/17)5
- Two subjects of interest in 1992 homicide to take polygraph tests (1/15/17)8
- Meat-processing plant faces $70K penalty for Clean Water Act violations (1/17/17)4
- Cape SportsPlex contractor offers a look at the project (1/15/17)14
- Local students to perform with choir at inauguration (1/19/17)3
- Southeast to lose $3.5 million from state in budget cuts (1/18/17)21
- Subjects of interest in 1992 killing take polygraph tests; results not revealed (1/18/17)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.