Planning Commission tables Sunspace PUD request

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

Lee said he is working with a number of property owners in Vernon. “I can tell you that most of them are not rebuilding,” the architect said.

“We definitely want Somsri’s to stay in Vernon,” said Commissioner Mike Park. “I know from the school district’s perspective, the staff needs a place to eat lunch,” he said, referring to the Vernon schools. Park is director of transportation and maintenance for the school district.

Commissioner Roger Hagan asked how granting these setbacks might affect the county in the future. “If we grant these requests, what do we say to the next person who wants the same setback?” He asked if the hardship caused by the highway widening made a difference in their decision.

“They did not just get up one day and decide to do this, their property was taken from them,” Commissioner Nan Thompson said. “it’s not their doing. They’re doing their best, and this is their livelihood.”

Following the public hearing, the commissioners voted unanimously to approve the restaurant’s variance request.

Next up was Scott Henderson, representing the developers, Sunspace Planned Unit Development (PUD).

A PUD is a mixed-use development, and Sunspace is requesting the county to change the Future Land Use Map designation of a 35-acre tract of land from school property to a PUD designation which would allow commercial and residential, including townhouses, to be constructed on the site, which is located in Sunny Hills.

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