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Council approves zoning for bakeries

Bakeries will become a permitted use in Lawton’s most restrictive commercially zoned areas under action taken by the City Council.

Council members were acting on a recommendation from the City Planning Commission to expand the uses permitted in C-1 Local Commercial District and C-2 Planned Neighborhood Shopping Center District, allowing a variation of bakeries in those zoning categories. The change goes into effect in 30 days, in early November; in the meantime, existing code specifies that bakeries are allowed only in C-5 General Commercial District, the least restrictive commercial classification.

The only exception for that rule is “accessory uses,” meaning a bakery is part of the main permitted use, such as a bakery in a grocery store.

Senior Planner Debbie Dollarhite said the change came after the Planning Department received a request from a would-be business owner. Richard Rogalski, community services director, told the planning commission that the request prompted a review of city code and a recommendation from planners that a limited version of bakery be allowed in C-1 and C-2.

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