ROCKLAND — City Councilors gave final approval Wednesday night to a zone change that they hope will create more housing.

Councilors also approved a variety of items on their Oct. 12 agenda including one concerning the Flanagan Community Center.

One zone change given final approval by a unanimous vote was to rezone a parcel at 22 Highland St. from commercial to resident B. The land is owned by William Bird who told Councilors in an Aug. 11 letter that he wanted the opportunity to build seven to nine townhouses on the property.

He has owned the half-acre parcel since 2003. The property had previously been the site of the Church of the Latter Day Saints. Bird also owns an adjacent commercial lot that has frontage on Park Street.

The Council also gave final approval on a 3-2 vote (Councilors Nicole Kalloch and Louise MacLellan-Ruf opposed) to an ordinance that allows the city to cut vegetation that has grown into the public way. City Manager Tom Luttrell said the property owners will be notified first and given an opportunity to do the work. If not, the city will cut the vegetation and bill the property owner.

The Council also voted to postpone until Nov. 14 a final vote on an ordinance to sell its interest in the property known as the Engine Quarry at 224 Old County Road. The city and its attorney are still negotiating the terms of the sale to Frederick Dodd of Sherborn, Mass. who has offered $22,600.

The Council voted 5-0 to authorize the city manager to conduct a needs assessment on the Flanagan Community Center. This is a revised order that originally would have directed the Parks and Recreation Committee to look at all options including building a new recreation center.

Councilors gave unanimous initial approval to increasing the cost for being ticketed for vehicle shuffling from $25 to $50 if paid during the waiver period and $50 to $100 after that waiver.