Thorsby approves Highway 31 property rezoning

Published 10:34 am Tuesday, May 2, 2023

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By Carey Reeder | Staff Writer

The Thorsby City Council uncovered a small snag in an old rezoning decision from 2010 at their meeting on May 1. In 2010, Thorsby was working on new zoning ordinances with a company out of Birmingham, and they recommended that all of the zoning along Highway 31 be deemed commercial. Thorsby posted a notice in their city hall that if residents did not want their property changed, they could apply for that.

Reita Price, who has a house along Highway 31 near Farm House Cafe, was trying to sell her home to a family recently. However, the appraiser called her right before the sale went through that her property was commercial, and the sale could not go through because it was going to be used as residential. Councilman Glenn Littleton, who also had a home on Highway 31 that he had to change back to residential, explained why the change happened to Price.

Price requested that the council change her property from commercial to residential to be able to move forward with the sale. The Thorsby Planning and Zoning Commission prepared a resolution to recommend changing the zoning of Price’s home to residential, and the council approved it unanimously. Councilman Justin Killingsworth was absent from the meeting.

The Thorsby Police Department presented a new police vehicle pursuit policy to the council. The policy is similar to Jemison Police Department’s policy, but is tweaked in some spots to better fit Thorsby. The council tabled voting on the policy to the next meeting on May 15 to review it fully.

The council also thanked TPD for their assistance at the Strawberry Festival on April 29.