DANVILLE – The zoning commission was split in its vote for a rezoning request by a storage business.

The Danville Area Planning and Zoning Commission voted 3-3 on Thursday, with Commissioner Michael Hall absent, to recommend rezoning for Route 1 Store N Lock. Petitioner Robert Brennan’s request is to rezone the property at 15952 Potters Woods Road from AG agriculture zoning to B2 highway business zoning to allow for automobile sales and continuation of current use.

Commissioners voting against the rezoning were Chairwoman Tracy Taylor, Adam Brown and Ted Vacketta. Those voting in favor of the rezoning were Commissioners Pete Goodwin, Troy Savalick and Justin Flemming.

The rezoning petition goes to the Danville City Council for action on Feb. 18.

Danville Grants and Planning Manager Logan Cronk said the main concern was the rezoning conflicting with the city’s long-range comprehensive land-use plan and existing zoning of adjacent parcels, and the potential for spot zoning.

Brennan and his attorney spoke at the meeting. Five adjacent property owners spoke against the rezoning.

Cronk said he received a phone call from another nearby property owner ahead of the meeting who supported the rezoning.

The city’s Public Works Department had recommended denial of the rezoning.

The property, north of the city, is within the city’s 1.5-mile zoning jurisdiction.

As per a site plan and overview on the request, the parcel has been used as a self-storage facility for almost 30 years. The change would be a small portion, approximately 500 feet by 500 feet would be used for automotive sales.

Hours of operation for the automobile sales would be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Onsite parking will be provided in the same area parking spots are set for the storage facility.

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