Public comment is being sought on several ordinance revisions the City of Battle Creek is working on.

The ordinances regard parking, landscaping, and fencing on new multi-family residential complexes, offices, and commercial and industrial development. These changes are designed to "ensure consistency" and "clarify" rules.

The City Commission will be introducing these ordinances at their meeting Tuesday, May 16.

A summary of the ordinances are below, with the complete draft language at battlecreekmi.gov/planning.

PARKING, CHAPTER 1284

The City says that these changes are meant to provide maximum limits for parking lots. The City says that unused parking lots can be problematic, and that a developer should justify why they might need a large lot.

LANDSCAPING, CHAPTER 1285

Currently, zoning requirements are what the city describes as "inconsistent and incomplete"; the proposal would standardize rules regarding landscaping requirements for new parking lot developments.

FENCING, CHAPTER 1298

These changes would standardize fencing rules, by better defining what exactly a "fence" is, regulate what can and cannot be used to make a fence, among other things.