Planners say no to request for rezoning
by CHRISTY ARMSTRONG, Banner Staff Writer
Apr 25, 2013 | 860 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The piece of land where three houses were slated to be built on one lot was misrepresented, according to residents attending Tuesday’s monthly session of the Cleveland Municipal Planning Commission.

J.D. Silver, a resident of Savannah Avenue, joined other neighbors to protest the potential rezoning of a property surrounded by single family homes at the City Hall gathering.

Planning commissioners denied the petition to rezone the lot and also approved the rezoning of part of a property owned by a church as well as land owned by a private school.

The commission’s consent agenda included a request for zoning to build an eight-lot townhome development called Stonebriar Townhomes on Stonebriar Drive, and a request to build a 25-lot cluster subdivision at Inverness Drive and Candies Lane. Both were approved unanimously with one member absent.

One item originally on the consent agenda was the approval of a three-lot development of 0.57 acres located at 105 Savannah Ave. to be rezoned from R1 Single Family Residential to R2 Low Density Single and Multi-Family Residential.

The owner of the property planned to build three smaller homes on one lot that measured less than an acre, and several neighbors were there to protest it.

Commissioners received copies of petitions both in favor of and in protest of the rezoning. When Commissioner Tim Henderson pointed out several people’s names were on both petitions, Silver and other residents alleged that they had not been shown the final plans. They said they had signed the petition in favor of the rezoning, later changing their minds once they learned about Hamilton Properties’ plans to place three homes on the same lot with only 10-foot setbacks for the sides of each house, meaning that there would be 20 feet between each one.

Because Savannah Avenue was close to North Ocoee Street, residents like Richard Jenkins expressed concerns over traffic congestion.

The planners unanimously voted to deny both the plat for that property and the rezoning with two members absent after one had to leave the room.

Also in new business was a request from Westmore Church of God to rezone part of their property along Old 25th Street, Wolfe Drive and Peerless Road from R1 Single Family Residential to CH Commercial Highway.

City Planner Corey Divel said part of the property already had the CH zoning and that owners wanted all their properties to have the same zoning. The commission approved the rezoning with a unanimous vote and two absent.

Tennessee Christian Academy had also requested the rezoning of 17.31 acres of property from PI Professional Institutional to PUD Planned Unit Development. Being proposed for the area were a development of townhome units with room for commercial use along Georgetown Road.

Though a local resident spoke with concerns about what sort of businesses might open nearby, the commission approved the rezoning with the Henderson’s explanation that any major changes to the development would have to be approved by the commission again.

Two commissioners were absent, and George Poe excused himself from the vote because he said he had rental houses in the area. The votes of the remaining commissioners were unanimous.