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P&Z approves private club, re-plat

By Bob Buckel | Published Saturday, April 6, 2013

A Decatur business seeking permission to operate a private club, and a local builder looking to construct some “starter” houses both met with approval at Monday’s meeting of the Planning & Zoning Commission.

James and Nancy Rosendahl made the request on behalf of Sean’s Mesquite BBQ for a special use permit to allow for a private club. The purpose is to allow the restaurant, located on U.S. 287 in Decatur, to get a permit and sell alcohol.

The private club registration permit authorizes alcoholic beverages belonging to members of the club to be stored, possessed and mixed on club premises, and served for on-premises consumption only to club members, their families and guests.

City research noted that the restaurant is not within 300 feet of any church, public or private school or hospital, and the use is allowed in that zoning category, which is C-2, thoroughfare business.

Planning Director Dedra D. Ragland told the board the use is compatible with the city’s long-term master plan and that only one adjacent landowner had registered a comment – and that was neutral. She also pointed out that the permit is issued to the individuals, not to the business, and is not transferrable. If the property should sell, the new owner would have to apply for a new permit.

It will also be revoked if the permitted use discontinues for six months.

RE-PLAT SOUGHT

Fuller’s re-plat request is to create 10 lots out of a property that currently has six lots. The 1.7 acres includes a portion of Holly St. which is not open, and is bounded by Collins and Carpenter, just west of State St.

The re-plat creates lots that are 7,000 square feet – below the city’s 8,400 square foot minimum. Nevertheless, the plan meets the city’s requirements, Ragland said.

Fuller said his intent is to build “starter homes” in the area which is just south of the city’s central business district.

One nearby property owner, Ann Williams, attended the meeting to discuss the impact the proposed development will have on her property.

“What is being built? Starter homes come in many varieties,” she said. “Does it add value to the community? We need starter homes, and this area is a very good spot to put them in.”

Williams expressed her wish for the city to address the drainage at the back of her property when the area, which is behind her to the east, is developed. What is now a private alley will be part of Fuller’s property – but the creek that is causing erosion on her property will not be his responsibility.

“He will be required to furnish a complete set of engineering plans including water and sewer taps, curb and gutter, and a drainage study,” Earl Smith, the city’s public works director, said. “The creek drains to the south, so I don’t see how this development could impact that, except possibly on the southwest corner.”

Smith admitted the creek that cuts across the back of Ms. Williams’ property “needs some attention.”

“We have lots of issues in the city that we need to take care of,” he said. “Ms. Williams’ concerns are concerns that we are aware of as a city, and we’ve spoken. I’ve encouraged her to go to the city council and make them aware, and encourage them to produce the funding.”

He said Fuller’s development would have “minimal” impact on Ms. Williams’ property.

The commission also agreed to study a draft of the city’s new Annexation Policy and review it at their May meeting.

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