It's always interesting to see what others outside our little world think about us - such as with the council's recent emergency declaration halting all development in commercial zones. Exit 133 has researched the issue and posted a story here.
The "visioning" meeting that started this process only had five members
of the public attend; who apparently wanted a strong residential
neighborhood with limited commercial options. The current planning
process will tighten existing codes to match this new "vision". The public hearing on the proposed changes to commercial zoning standards will be held tomorrow night, 7pm at the Joyce Community Center (5219 N. Shirley Street).
The proposed changes are available on Ruston's web page here. It's a long read, but very important. Be sure to attend the hearing tomorrow to let your voice be heard. It is unclear if testimony will be limited to two minutes like council meetings, but I believe this will be the only time residents will be allowed to testify.