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Posted: December 8, 2010 12:30 a.m.

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Oxford reconsidering college zoning

The city of Oxford’s proposed zoning ordinance revision will get a tweak to address concerns raised by Oxford College at a public hearing on Monday.

The zoning update, the first since 1996, had called for two zonings for the college, an Oxford College Core District and a college fringe district. The school is currently covered under the city’s Institutional zoning category.

Oxford College Dean Steve Bowen expressed the college’s concerns that zoning categories specific to the college were prejudicial and treated the college unequally. Bowen noted in a statement that the proposed zoning changes were not in the spirit of the long-standing tradition of the city and college working together on planning issues.

David Stone Eady, chairman of the Oxford Planning Commission, said Tuesday that the commission will work with the college to address its concerns and redraft the wording of the proposed ordinance.

The commission is slated to meet in its regular session on Tuesday, but may hold a called meeting earlier, he said. The city council is expected to vote on the zoning ordinance in January.

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