Shopping center decision tabled until February

Tue, 01/29/2008 - 4:54pm
By: Ben Nelms

A decision by Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission Jan. 22 on the approval of a proposed retail development across from Ingles on Ga. Highway 92 Connector and south of the Summit Point shopping center was tabled until February over questions about subdividing a building housing a convenience store to accommodate two additional businesses under the same roof.

The site totals approximately 33 acres, with potential plans to subdivide into five parcels for commercial development. A potential sticking point came over whether the building slated to house a proposed convenience store and gas station can be subdivided to include two other businesses without exceeding the city’s requirement of a 3,000 square-foot maximum for such a use.

The matter may be one of interpretation, with project applicant Ted Meeks holding that the square-foot rule should not pertain to separate stores housed under one roof.

City Planning and Zoning Director Eldridge Gunn said he believed the ordinance dealt with the entire building and did not make the distinction on how it might be divided.

“I think we’re in shades of gray here,” said Commissioner Bill Talley, suggesting that the city attorney be consulted to render advice on the matter.

Commissioner Allan Feldman and others on the board agreed and asked city staff to get an opinion and report back to the commission.

Also to be addressed in February are questions pertaining to project variables such as hydrology, stormwater and other site issues. Meeks said he is working with engineers but has not yet received all the information needed to respond to commissioners.

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