City leaders are about to make changes to Jasper's zoning ordinance that would allow residential uses for buildings around its courthouse square.

The Jasper Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously last week to approve the amendment on first reading.

Alderman Paul "Mac" Bumpus, who is also a member of the city's planning commission, said the modifications will allow residential uses for buildings in Jasper's C-1 business district, but it will come with certain restrictions.

"The C-1 business district is the courthouse square," he said. "In a lot of your other towns, they are allowing for residential units to be upstairs and the usual places."