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By STEVEN NALLEY
The Planning and Zoning Commission approved construction of 69 townhouse units east of the Highway 25 bypass and a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Abernathy Drive at a Tuesday night meeting.
At the meeting, Herman Ashford requested conditional use for building multi-family townhouses on property located on the bypass approximately 1.3 miles south of Highway 12. He said he would ensure someone would be onsite every day, and the townhouses would have daily maintenance.
The board approved the measure quickly in a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner James Hicks voting against it. However, Ashfordâ€™s request was discussed again after it passed, during discussion of a related issue concerning the church request, brought forward by James Collins.
The conditions of use in the staff reports for both Collinsâ€™ and Ashfordâ€™s requests include the requirement that appropriate permits be obtained before any site construction within one year of the requestâ€™s approval. However, the commission amended this condition on Collinsâ€™ request, reducing the time period to six months to comply with a law that revokes conditional use if nothing is done with it for a period of six months.
Ultimately, Collinsâ€™ measure passed unopposed with this amendment, and just afterward, Commissioner Ira Loveless pointed out that the amendment needed to be added to Ashfordâ€™s request as well, after it had already been approved. City Attorney Chris Latimer said he could fix that before the request reached the Board of Aldermen, since no one on the commission objected. Loveless said after the meeting that Ashford would be notified of the change.
â€śGood catch, Commissioner,â€ť Latimer said.
The board also approved a finalized map of land divisions for Court Square Condominiums, as well as Mitch Mitchellâ€™s request for permission to modify the back porch of a single-family residence at 100 Col. Muldrow Drive into an extra bedroom and bathroom. Discussion of Mitchellâ€™s request quickly turned into a discussion of parking problems in the area when Mitchell said he intended to rent the house to college students.
â€śWhere are you going to park four vehicles?â€ť Loveless asked.
In response, Mitchell said only three vehicles would be able to park in the houseâ€™s driveway, acknowledging that an extra car parked in the street would add to already severe congestion issues in that neighborhood. He said parking would also be available behind the property, and after further discussion, the board amended the request to require these additional spaces.