BZA approves zoning requests

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 9/13/18

The Cleveland Board of Zoning Appeals met in its regularly scheduled session Tuesday, at the Municipal Building.The board approved the following items:• A request by Tim and Karen Costello for …

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BZA approves zoning requests

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The Cleveland Board of Zoning Appeals met in its regularly scheduled session Tuesday, at the Municipal Building.

The board approved the following items:

• A request by Tim and Karen Costello for variance approval for property located at 2300 N. Ocoee St. The applicant proposed to transform an existing home located just north of Ocoee Middle School into a coffee shop. According to tax records, the existing home was built in 1930 and appears to have been used residentially since that time. The property has been zoned CH Commercial Highway since 1998 citywide rezoning and appears to have been Local Business District under the previous ordinance.

The applicant would like to include a drive-through window on the northern side of the building as shown on the site plan. The location of the existing building does not allow for a bypass lane which is typically required by the zoning ordinance, as the building is as close as 14.5 feet from the northern property line at the closest point. Although the property is not located within the Historic Overlay District and has no regulatory protections, the structure is well maintained, and it would be advisable to salvage the structure as an example of the historic period.

The applicant has worked extensively with the city staff to coordinate ingress and egress, as well as adequate drive aisles. The existing plan creates the most efficient configuration in term of safety, practicality and maximum distance from important intersections. Staff supports the request as presented.

• A request by Dale and Brenda Hughes for variance for property at Holiday Inn Express Way. The Board of Zoning Appeals approved a parking variance for the same proposed development at a different site located on Paul Huff Parkway at the regular June meeting. The current proposal would include the same facility as the development discussed in the June BZA meeting.

The city is currently working with several potential developers across several different, but related sites to coordinate effective and efficient traffic circulation within the Paul Huff Parkway corridor.

The property now or formerly owned by First Cumberland Presbyterian Church at the corner of Paul Huff Parkway and Mouse Creek Road is proposed for development by LeConte Corporation. The Planning Commission has received and approved a plat for this project. There is also a potential development being considered just east of the existing Peerless Road extension.

The city has a strong interest in ensuring there is adequate connectivity between Mouse Creek Road and back across the proposed developments to the traffic signal at Peerless Road. There are also potential connections of interest to Holiday Inn Express Way near the subjected property.

The proposed site plan would provide for right of way dedication should the final design plan require access across the subject property. Staff recommends approval of the request.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the board of zoning appeals will be at noon Tuesday, Oct. 9.

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