PLAN TO ATTEND THIS IMPORTANT MEETING
The Hanford City Council will be holding a Town Hall meeting to consider changes to City Ordinances that will affect zoning in downtown Hanford. This meeting will give interested parties an opportunity to be heard. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend!
For additional information regarding these proposed changes and to review the City of Hanford staff report, visit the City of Hanford website www.cityofhanfordca.com.
THE CITY COUNCIL WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU!
What will be discussed: Consideration of changes to City Ordinances on where hotels, furniture stores, large medical offices, theaters, and banks are allowed.
The following is an excerpt from a recent article in The Sentinel written by downtown business owner, Steve Banister. It explains the history and reasoning behind some of the current zoning.
Hanford Has It!
“Years ago, as a tool to ensure the city’s primary mission of preserving Downtown Hanford as the mixed use and commercial core of our community, city leaders established zoning regulations for downtown Hanford and the area around Kings Mall.
This was done following a 1990 report, by the City’s Retail Strategy Development Committee. The committee was chaired by the late Sidney J.W. Sharp Jr. and included Kings Mall and Downtown merchants, Hanford Improvement Association and Chamber of Commerce representatives as well as interested citizens at large.
One of the report’s recommendations was to develop “growth management strategies for west Hanford and the county periphery in anticipation of future development encouraged by a mall at 12th and Lacey.” The committee recommended zoning changes and strove against deleting business opportunities for a shopping center.
In 2007, the California Supreme Court ruled that our city is entitled to promote development in one area, by attracting big retailers, while restricting overall competition for its downtown furniture businesses.
This ruling benefitted downtown Hanford and downtowns throughout California by opening doors for local government to control zoning. Do we want to throw away this triumphant ruling so insignificantly?”
Please contact Shelly at Main Street Hanford with any questions or comments at 559.582.9457 or firstname.lastname@example.org.