VIDOR Zoning moving forward
After nearly a decade of inconsistent work on the issue, the City of Vidor is poised to implement zoning for the first time. Officials call it an effort to encourage business in certain parts of town and protect homeowners’ property values in other parts.
The city manager, mayor and members of the City Council are optimistic about the opportunities it presents, with community input.
But at least one expert says implementing zoning is notoriously problematic and cities need to take an active and thoughtful role to ensure it doesn’t lead to the separation of types of people.
“Zoning has a checkered past,” University of Texas associate professor of community and regional planning Elizabeth Mueller said. “It was created to prevent industry from being next door to people’s homes for safety and to protect economic districts from encroachment. It also has the history of protecting property values by excluding the housing … of people that are a threat to property values.”