Rice County rezones 1,200 acres along I-35

The Rice County Board has rezoned approximately 1,200 acres along Interstate 35, south of the Big Steer Truck Stop, from agricultural to highway commercial. The vote was 4-1, with outgoing Commissioner Heather Robins in opposition, stating she believed the issue deserved more thought and debate.

The effective date of the rezoning is a year from now, December 31, 2005, giving the commissioners time to create a master plan for development in the county's new freeway commercial zone.

The issue has been on the board table for several weeks.

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