Planning Commission tables Sunspace PUD request

Published: Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 03:56 PM.

CHIPLEY — The Washington County Planning Commissioners were very accommodating to longtime Vernon business Somsri’s Restaurant, but it was a different story for Scott Henderson and his requests on behalf of the Sunspace PUD.

Both requests were the subject of a public hearing Tuesday night in Chipley. 

Panama City attorney Martha "Sister" Blackmon Milligan and architect Winston Lee of Winston Lee and Associates in Monticello, Fla., were on hand to discuss the plans for Somsri’s new restaurant and to request setback variances for the construction.

The widening of Highway 79 by the Department of Transportation took a large portion of the restaurant’s frontage, and the new construction will bring the restaurant back up to where it was pre-construction.

“The owners want to stay where they are, but they need some relief,” Milligan said.

The Vernon City Council has already approved the proposed construction, and the commissioners were being asked to approve reducing the setback requirements from 50 feet to 10 feet.

“This is a case of the property owners facing a hardship because of the highway taking their property,” said Michael DeRuntz, senior planner for the county. “These variances will put back what is existing currently.”

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