The revised zoning ordinance for the city of Gonzales is one step closer to a final vote by the City Council, after the Planning and Zoning Commission voted Monday to recommend it to the council.

The ordinance will be introduced at the City Council’s next meeting, on April 11, then will be up for a final vote on April 25.

City Clerk Clay Stafford said after Monday’s meeting that if the new ordinance is adopted, “at the first zoning meeting in May, new zoning will be available.”

Last year, the city hired the Center for Planning Excellence, of Baton Rouge — the nonprofit organization that also developed the city’s new master growth plan — to rework the city’s zoning ordinance to make it a better fit with the master plan.

The revised zoning ordinance, still in draft form, keeps the old zoning categories of the city and adds six more.

The new categories include mixed-use zoning and a higher-density, multifamily zoning that would allow upper-scale apartment developments with a number of amenities required.

At its meeting Monday, planning and zoning commissioners recommended that laydown yards for outdoor storage be added as a use for C-2 heavier commercial zoning with the stipulation the storage yards be screened from view, with fabric-covered fencing, for example.

The addition to the zoning description came after an inquiry at the meeting by property owner Leroy Thomas, who asked if a laydown yard was permitted in C-2.