A revised zoning code for Gonzales is on the path to a formal vote by the City Council, possibly later next month.

The Gonzales Planning and Zoning Commission voted Monday to introduce the draft of the reworked zoning code and hold a public hearing on the proposal at its next meeting, on April 4.

“The official process has started tonight,” City Clerk Clay Stafford said Monday.

Lauren Marschall, project manager with the Center for Planning Excellence of Baton Rouge, which worked on the zoning code for the city, noted the proposed zoning ordinance is “part of the implementation of the comprehensive plan” for Gonzales.

The city in August adopted a new master growth plan developed by the nonprofit.

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

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

City officials have said the revised zoning gives the city more flexibility to meet economic growth.

After the public hearing on April 4, a recommendation by the Planning and Zoning Commission that the city OK the revised zoning ordinance would mean the City Council would introduce the ordinance at its April 11 meeting.

The council would then vote on it two weeks later, at its April 25 meeting.

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