The Village of Godfrey has started the process of bringing back special use permits in all zoning classifications. The practice was done away with during the previous administration, but a recent flap over what is allowed in an M-2 General Manufacturing District brought the issue to the surface again. Special uses are only permissible right now in residential areas.
A recent debate over how to allow a light metal manufacturing plant move into the former Dixon Distributing building brought the issue to a head. Assistant Village Attorney Emily Johnson says this amendment expands the allowable uses across more zoning districts.
With these changes, the special use permit would no longer be applicable if the business sold to a completely different type of business. The amendment was given first reading. It could become law following the meeting on April 16.