The Rolla City Council held the final reading of an ordinance to rezone property off Old St. James Road adjacent to residential development.

Missouri Southern Seed filed an application to rezone 2050 Old St. James Road from Rolla’s governmental and institutional zoning district to Rolla’s light manufacturing zoning district with the Community Development Department.

Missouri Southern Seed had purchased the property from the city earlier in 2019. The property was declared surplus by the city, and the applicant intends to hold the property until they need to expand their business, Rolla City Planner Tom Coots said.

The property’s current zoning only allows for public and semi-public uses, with no allowance for commercial purposes. Coots said land zoned to accommodate manufacturing uses surround the property on the north, east, west and part of the south side; however, the property is also adjacent to a residential duplex development.

The future land use plan designates the entire area as appropriate for industrial type uses, Coots said.

The city council voted 11-0 to pass the ordinance to rezone the 3.8 acres of land from the city’s governmental and institutional zoning district to the city’s light manufacturing zoning district.

Rolla City Code does require a buffer yard with landscaping to screen the area from the residential development, Coots said. Owner of Missouri Southern Seed, Mike Cowan, said he might use the property to build more storage units, but doesn’t see that happening soon.