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."