Planning Commission approves requests

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By Patrick Yost

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The Madison Planning and Zoning Commission last Thursday approved three zoning change requests and recommended that approval to the Madsion City Council.

The commission unanimously approved a request from Jack Bone, Breco Capital Fund, LLC, for a zoning change on property located between Rite Aid drug store on Eatonton Road and Louie Herron Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep.

Bone was requesting a zoning map change on the property from Commercial 3 (General Commercial District) to Commercial 4 (Interstate Commercial District). The zoning change would allow  for the construction of a hotel on the parcel. Bone said he had interest from a hotel chain looking at the location.

The commission also approved a request by the Pennington Land Company, LLC to change the zoning of approximately 14 acres of property fronting Eatonton Road from Estate Lot Residential (R) to Interstate Commercial District (C4). According to Brooks Pennington III, the change would allow the company to potentially place restaurants in the four separate plats. The property is located between Tractor Supply and T&B Motors. Pennington said the company had no immediate interest in developing the property for a particular use.

In a 3–1 decision, the commission also approved a zoning change request from Everett Royal, Consolidated Holdings, Inc. and Ginny Van Oostroom–Willett, Algin Properties, Inc. to rezone, basically, all of North Avenue from Large Lot Residential (R1) to Medium Lot Residential (R2).

The request would allow for the construction of two more single family residences on the property, which is located east of the Golden Pantry convenience store on North Main Street.

The request was met with opposition from several residents. Grady Tuell, who owns a residence near North Avenue, said if the request was approved it would “reduce the value of our property and our quality of life.”

Tuell took issue with what he said was a proposed duplex on one of the building lots. Jeff Royal, speaking on behalf of Consolidated Holdings, said a duplex was never proposed for any of the building lots the zoning change would create.

“There never has been a duplex proposed,” he said. “I don’t know where that came from.”

Madison resident Stratton Hicky also rejected the zoning commission, in part, because he said any change in the historic district should first be considered by the Madison Historic Preservation Commission. “I think any zoning change in the historic district needs to be reviewed by the HPC… you run the risk of impacting the value of our historic district.”

“It’s an irreplaceable asset for Madison.”

Despite the objections, the commission approved the request.

The request would basically allow the property on the street to be cut into .5 acre lots instead of the .75 acre lots required in R1 zoning. However, any new construction on the property would have to be approved by the HPC and would have to be a single family resident.

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