Brentwood Planning Commission delays vote on methodist church expansion pending potential changes to city code


Brentwood Planning Commission delays vote on methodist church expansion pending potential changes to city code

By MATT BLOIS

The Brentwood Planning Commission delayed a vote on a plan to expand Brentwood United Methodist Church until the City Commission can consider some parking changes that would affect the plan.

In October, the church presented a revised master plan to the Planning Commission. The church hopes to build an addition and add seating, which would require more parking.

Currently, the city’s code currently requires churches to have 60 percent of parking spaces on-site.

Brentwood United Methodist Church already has agreements with businesses across Franklin Road, but not all of those spaces would count because of the on-site parking requirement.

On Monday, the City Commission will consider reducing the required onsite parking from 60 percent to 50 percent.

It will consider a separate proposal that would allow the Planning Commission to recommend a reduction in the width of an arterial road buffer for service institutions. The code currently requires service institutions to have a 150-foot buffer.

The City Commission will vote on those proposals at a meeting on November 12. City staff estimated that it could take until January to approve the changes.

Those changes could have an effect on the parking lot layout at the methodist church, so the Planning Commission decided to delay a vote on the master plan during a meeting on November 5.

During an informational meeting for Planning Commissioners on November 8, the Commission discussed the changes. City Manager Kirk Bednar said the rationale for the buffer on Franklin Road goes back to the city’s original zoning ordinance.

“I think it goes back to the original zoning ordinance,” he said. “The idea of trying to preserve that Franklin Road corridor as a green corridor through the middle of town.”

Bednar said Brentwood United Methodist Church probably wouldn’t use the 150 reduction immediately because it would have to get rid of some trees.

Increasing the amount of off-site parking would give the church 123 more spaces. That rule would apply to both service institutions and commercial properties.

However, the city couldn’t find any commercial shared parking agreements. One other church has a shared parking agreement with the church.

The City Commission will hold an initial vote on the changes on Monday. But likely won’t reach a final vote until January. After the City Commission takes action, the Planning Commission will consider the church’s proposal again.

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