Despite opposition from several neighbors, Dorothy Jo Osborn’s request to rezone her property, located at 905 SW Barnard Street, from R-1 Single Family to B-1 Restricted Commercial was granted by the Glen Rose City Council Monday.
The request was originally presented to the council in September when Osborn requested permission to restore the cabins and build RV spaces on the property. The council asked her to re-submit the request, this time omitting the RV spaces.
The second request, presented Monday, states that Osborn will renovate the existing cabins on the land and build seven new ones. Osborn was also granted a special use permit, which will allow her to operate the cabins as an accommodation’s facility.
Several of Osborn’s neighbors voiced their opposition at last month’s meeting because they were against the RV spaces. Only one person commented at Monday’s meeting, pleading that the council leave the property zoned R-1, which could still fulfill Osborn’s desires.
“You have a lot of signatures of people who do not want a B-1 (zoning). A bed and breakfast can be done in R-1 zoning,” Lila Carter said.
“The Osborns do not have to have a B-1 to do what they want to do. No one but the Osborns want this on Barnard,” Carter said.
City Superintendent Ronald Bruce said the reason the property needed to be rezoned was because the Osborn family wanted it to return to a park.
“The only way to do that was to zone it as a B1,” Bruce said.
Tom Osborn, Dorothy Jo’s son, said the family wants to restore the property to its original concept.
“I just want it back to what it was,” he said.
The Osborn request to rezone the property was passed by a vote of four to one, with council member Chris Bryant opposing. The request for a special use permit was approved unanimously.