Komatsu Wants To Expand Employee Parking Lot At Signal Mountain Road Facility

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Komatsu officials want to expand the employee parking lot at the facility on Signal Mountain road.

A request before the Planning Commission next Monday involves a 17-4-acre site on Runyan Drive that is now vacant. 

The firm is seeking manufacturing zoning for the entire tract.

Staff of the Regional Planning Agency recommended a different zoning instead.

The staff report says, "RPA recommends denying the applicant’s request to rezone the entire area from R-1 Residential Zone to M-1 Manufacturing Zone. However, RPA does recommend rezoning only that portion of the property to be used for employee parking to R-4 Special Zone. The remainder of the property should maintain its R-1 Residential Zone.

"Absent a land use plan to provide guidance, RPA staff reviewed the rezoning request for appropriateness based on a review of adjacent land use and zoning classifications. Approving an M-1
Manufacturing Zone at this location would introduce a zoning classification that is less restrictive than the existing R-1 Residential Zone along Runyan Drive. Existing land use along this side of Runyan Drive are primarily single-family detached dwellings and vacant land.

"This side of Runyan Drive is R-1 Residential Zone. Approving an M-1 Manufacturing Zone for
approximately 17.4 acres of land without a site plan for the overall development of site with no restrictions or limitations on future use of the property could potentially create nuisance issues for the
adjoining single-family detached residential dwellings."



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