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File #: 20-245    Version: 1
Type: Public Hearing Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 2/13/2020 In control: Planning and Zoning Commission
On agenda: 2/19/2020 Final action: 2/19/2020
Title: Conduct the public hearing to consider a variance to Section 6-7D-4 to allow a general service use (Lovesac) to be located below the second floor in the B4 District at 12 W. Jefferson Avenue
Attachments: 1. Petition for Development Approval, 2. Legal Description, 3. Responses to Standards, 4. Lovesac Brochure, 5. Location Map, 6. NDP Letter of Support
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION AGENDA ITEM

ACTION REQUESTED:
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Conduct the public hearing to consider a variance to Section 6-7D-4 to allow a general service use (Lovesac) to be located below the second floor in the B4 District at 12 W. Jefferson Avenue
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DEPARTMENT: Transportation, Engineering and Development

SUBMITTED BY: Gabrielle Mattingly, Community Planner

BOARD/COMMISSION REVIEW:
Official notice for the public hearing for PZC 20-1-10 was published in the Daily Herald on February 3, 2020.

BACKGROUND:
The subject property is located near the intersection of Washington Street and Jefferson Avenue with a common street address of 12 W. Jefferson Avenue. The property consists of approximately 3,250 square feet, with a 1,400 square foot tenant space on the first floor and is improved with an existing multi-tenant commercial building. The subject tenant space was formerly occupied by Serendipity Resale Shop and is located between Naper Nuts and Sweets to the east and Two Brothers Barrel House to the west. The subject property is zoned B4 (Downtown Core District).

DISCUSSION:
The proposed business, Lovesac is a furniture company that sells sectional couches, foam beanbag chairs, and other home d?cor accessories. The petitioner seeks to operate a showroom with a retail component in the existing tenant space on the subject property. Per Municipal Code Section 6-7D-4 (B4: Required Conditions), a variance is required to permit a showroom, which is classified as a general service, on the first floor in the B4 District.

The B4 District permits retail, eating and drinking establishments and commercial services (which includes banks, beauty shops/salons, and dry cleaning) on any floor of a building. It also allows general services, such as showrooms, but restricts their location to the second floor. The objective of this restriction is to provide opportunities for retail type businesses on the street level that encourage pedestrian traffic. Staff has r...

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