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Planning Commission Votes Against Rezoning of Skinner Property

Post Date:02/08/2019 1:30 PM
The Germantown Planning Commission on Tuesday denied an application filed by David A. Skinner, Jr. Revocable Trust to rezone 3.69 acres on Poplar Avenue from AG (1.864 acres) and R-E (1.826 acres) to C-2. The property is located in Germantown’s East Poplar Avenue District. As part of the rezoning application, a concept plan was submitted to demonstrate that the property can support commercial uses. The concept plan showed a bank branch and fast food restaurant. The traffic study included in the application used a Chick-fil-A for the fast food use.

The application initially went before the Planning Commission Subcommittee on January 16. It was the subcommittee's recommendation that the application be moved forward to the full Planning Commission for action. During Tuesday’s meeting, the Planning Commission ultimately voted to deny the rezoning request on the basis of general concerns of commercial uses in close proximity to residential properties. In addition, the commission cited that they felt the AG zoning was not appropriate for this property and cited other potential zoning uses, such as business offices or another commercial type use. Various commissioners also suggested the implementation of step-down zoning.

The applicant has an opportunity to go before Germantown’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen to appeal the decision made by the Planning Commission. The applicant also has the opportunity to refile the same request with the Planning Commission in six months.
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