A developer is seeking buffer and parking space variances for a proposed commercial development on the Jefferson bypass.
The Gipson/Loggins Company is asking for the variances for a 9.41-acre tract on the northwest corner of U.S. Hwy. 129 and the Old Pendergrass Road. Jay Gipson presented the requests to the Quad Cities Planning Commission last week. Gipson said there are no definite plans but a drug store, bank or retail buildings are among the options.
In a 3-1 vote, the QCPC approved the variances, which include the following:
•to exceed the minimum required parking spaces for certain proposed lots and to exceed the maximum allowed parking spaces on other proposed lots and to eliminate off-street loading requirements and allow a loading area in the front.
•to reduce the minimum 30-foot wide natural buffer abutting a residential zoning district to a five-foot wide landscaping strip.
•to permit a lot to be created on U.S. Hwy. 129 with its only frontage on U.S. Hwy. 129 (bypass).
Voting in favor of the requests were QCPC members Faye Griffin, Brant McMullan and John Motley. Voting against the request was Scott Thompson.
In other business, the QCPC approved a variance request from Preston Harden to eliminate the requirement that a sign be removed from property at 4860 U.S. Hwy. 129 North, as the code requires.