RICHMOND — The Richmond Planning Commission has recommended the city commission reject a request to change the zoning of two properties on South Killarney Lane to allow the construction of an apartment building.
At a work session earlier this month, some planning commissioners said they believe the city already has too many apartments.
The vote to recommend rejecting the application was approved 4-2 with Richard Thomas and Mary Lillian Abney in the minority. Commission member Mike Rice was not present, according to planning department clerk Elisabeth King.
One of the two properties is the site of the former Richmond Realty office at 138 S. Killarney Lane. The building was destroyed by fire, but before it was a realty office, the building was an apartment complex.
The second, adjoining property, 132 South Killarney Lane, is owned by KLPP LLC, whose registered agent is Robert Michael McCord, according to state business filings.
Both sites currently are zoned for business, and the owners want them rezoned for multifamily residences, according to their representative, attorney Mike Eaves. A third party wishes to purchase the properties and construct an apartment complex, Eaves said at an earlier work session.
Richmond had a total of 13,788 housing units recorded in the 2010 Census. The city’s homeownership rate, from 2008 to 2012, was 39.5 percent, and the total housing units in multi-unit structures was 53.3 percent.
The city commission can still vote to rezone the properties but rarely goes against planning commission recommendations.
Pet boarding facilities must obtain conditional use permit
The planners also voted to recommend pet boarding facilities in B-3 zones be permitted as a conditional use. The vote was unanimous, King said.
The planners asked the board of adjustments to consider several factors when granting a conditional use permit. Those include lot size, construction of outdoor pens and proximity to adjoining property, when animals would be placed inside at night, where the pens would be located on the property, the nature of adjoining property and its distance from the boarding business, and the types and number of animals to be boarded.