Markham Reduces Size of Zoning Board

Markham Reduces Size of Zoning Board

Markham Reduces Size of Zoning Board (Markham, IL) — The city of Markham held their final January 2022 meeting on January 19. One of the items on the agenda was the approval of a motion to amend two documents that would reduce the number of members on the planning and Zoning Board of Appeals.

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The documents, Chapter 32 “City Organization” and Chapter 156 “Zoning Code” reduces the members of the board from 8 to 5.

The Planning and Zoning Board is responsible for recommending to the city the boundaries of the zoning districts, regulations to be enforced in each zoning district and any amendments. Alderman Jones questioned if reducing the number of members on the Zoning Board of Appeals was a good idea.

“In my travels in the last 40 years, I’ve known that smaller is always better,” said Mayor Agpawa.

Mayor Agpawa reinforced his statement with the fact that Markham’s City Council used to be comprised of 10 members, six more than the current 4 Aldermen. Alderman Barron, who served as a liaison to the board, had no objection to the change.

During the city clerk’s report, ECCO Environmental Inc. was approved for a business license. ECCO Environmental Inc. is a hazmat certified freight shipping trucking company. According to the owner of the company and resident of Markham, Mahammadarsad Vahora, the business will provide paving, seal-coating, power washing, and concrete work.

“We will definitely be happy to help out my city of Markham,” said Vahora.

Mayor Agpawa and Alderman Hampton-Houser commented on the freezing temperatures and the patience needed as the public works department serves all the city’s needs.

“There’s nothing that I can do personally to bring them out any sooner because I know they’re out there diligently doing their job,” said Alderman Hampton-Houser.

Mayor Agpawa requested patience for the water main breaks. He promised that if the work gets overwhelming for the department, he will outsource to another company to help.

Other items on the agenda included:

  • Approval of the resolution approving the extension and renewal of the re-proclamation and Declaration of a continued local state of emergency within the City of Markham
  • An announcement that all the council meeting recordings can be viewed and accessed on the city’s website.

Markham Reduces Size of Zoning Board

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