Blue_star_003submitted by Tom Linehan [Email address: allandalereporter #AT# - replace #AT# with @ ]

At the July 27th Allandale Executive Committee meeting the Board voted to oppose the rezoning request regarding 5513 Montview. This is a deep lot behind commercial property
on Burnet Rd. The estate of the owner is requesting that
the section of the lot close to Burnet Rd
be changed from SF-2 to CS (commercial) zoning leaving the remaining section of the lot on Montview as SF-2. You can track progress on the case at the City’s web site here. At Wednesday’s meeting, Anne Young, a resident of the area, brought
the Board current on the status of the request and summarized the
concerns of her and her neighbors. In the picture taken from Montview facing the lot, you can see the back of
the commercial building that fronts Burnet Rd. However, you cannot see
the homes that are either side of the lot.   

In following up with Anne
after the meeting regarding the case she provided with me the following
points prepared by the City staff on why they will not be recommending
the request:

Excerpt from staff report:

1.) The proposed
commercial zoning classification of CS-CO is incompatible with the existing
established residential neighborhood along Montview Street.

2.) Although subject
to compatibility standards, the proposed rezoning will infringe on the established
separation of uses by introducing intensive commercial uses into the
residential neighborhood along Montview Street.

3.) Although the
applicant proposes a residence on the remaining portion of the subject lot to
buffer the use to other residential uses, the proximity of CS related uses is
incompatible with residential development.

4.) More intensive
zoning should be located at the established commercial sites along Burnet
  Road where commercial uses do not infringe onto
residential uses.

5.) A change in
conditions to warrant a change of zoning for this portion of Montview Street has not been demonstrated.

6.) The Staff
recommendation allows for the protection of the residential character of the
established neighborhood.

At the conclusion of Anne’s presentation, the ANA Board voted to send a letter to the City opposing the zoning request.