Modesto City Council Watch (5/11/10)

At its meeting this evening, the Modesto City Council will:

Consider an ordinance revamping the city's neighborhood zoning regulations, with a particular focus on two-story buildings in residential neighborhoods. The ordinance will clarify review procedures, include guidelines for churches, government facilities and utility companies, set an 8-foot limit on walls and fences, require a 10-foot side-yard setback for two-story houses or second-story additions, require a 15-foot rear yard for two-story dwellings and establish numerous other guidelines.

Hold a public hearing on the 2010-11 action plan for community development block grants and other government funding. Modesto will get $2,531,823 in community development block grants, $1,311,710 in Home Investment Partnership Program grants and $103,064 in emergency shelter grants.

Consider changes to Modesto Area Express Route 28 to provide bus service to Gregori High School and the Modesto Institute of Technology and increased service to Salida and Kaiser Modesto Medical Center. The increased bus service, effective in August, will cost $156,000 annually.

The Modesto council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the basement chamber of Tenth Street Place, 1010 10th St.