Sustained Outrage

Your city government in action, pt. 11

Charleston’s zoning board (officially the Board of Zoning Appeals) meets Thursday morning, May 28.

Just two items on the agenda this time, but one could be a bit contentious.

Architects for Shane Holmes, DDS, are asking relief from parking requirements for a building Holmes hopes to build for his orthodontist business on Oakwood Road.

Holmes already has an office building here, located near the road. He wants to put the new building at the rear of the property, then tear down the existing building and put in a parking lot. But city zoning “performance standards” say 80 percent of parking for new construction should be in the rear of a building.

City Planning Director Dan Vriendt says he’ll oppose the request, saying Holmes hasn’t demonstrated enough of a hardship to warrant relief from the parking rule.

The site is at 867 Oakwood, just down the street from the proposed Walgreen’s store.

In the other case, a contractor is asking for a side setback variance to build a two-story addition to a home on Kanawha Avenue in Kanawha City. According to the application on file with the city Planning Department, part of the home already lies three feet from the side property line, and the owner simply wants to add on.

As always, this BZA meeting is open to the public. You can express an opinion for or against each proposal at the appropriate time. The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. in the City Service Center conference room, located on the first floor of the city parking garage building at 915 Quarrier Street.