The Warrensburg City Council voted to rezone a portion of 603 East Hale Lake Road Monday night.

The rezoning was made at the request of Life Church of the Nazarene, located near East Hale Lake Road, or Route DD, and Zoll Street in south Warrensburg.

The church requested that a portion be rezoned from General Business (GB) to R3, or low-density, multi-family residence.

A representative of the church said this would allow for the construction seven duplexes, or five or six single-family homes to be built on land owned by the church. This is property that would otherwise be “going to waste,” according to the church rep.

According to Community Development Director Barbara Carroll, the church indicated to her that they want to replat and market the property as R3. Pastor Robert Denham did not attend the meeting.

The properties to the north include single-family residences and undeveloped land in a R1 District. The properties to the west include single-family residences in a R3 District. The properties to the east include a commercial building with Gecco Graphics and L&L Termite & Pest Control, and a Missouri American Water Company water tower in a GB District. The properties to the south include the University of Central Missouri athletic fields and parking lot in a R4 District.

The Warrensburg Planning and Zoning Commission, which met last week, recommended against the request, it was noted.

But the Council, after much discussion, voted in favor of the request, with Robin Allen casting the only no vote.