Zoning appeals: one on council agenda; one heads back to MPC

Huffman Management LLC has the option to purchase Grace Estate at 1114 Broadway.

By Bonnie Culverhouse

There were two appeals on next week’s Minden City Council agenda involving Minden Planning Commission appeal requests, however, one has been at least temporarily removed from the list.

One request, from Jeff Glover, representing MGM Development Group concerning property owned by Anti-Pest & Veitch, Inc. on Germantown Road, will be sent back to the planning commission.

“City Attorney Jimbo Yocum has suggested we send that back to the planning commission to get clarification,” Mayor Terry Gardner said. “They (MPC) denied it because the residents didn’t want it. We need to know why the planning commission is not approving it, so he can answer the appeal.”

MGM intends to construct a 50-unit gated, senior citizen retirement community on the site. This would’ve been the second time Glover took  the appeal issue before the council. When asked for a motion to grant the appeal at the December meeting, no council member spoke.

Remaining on the agenda is Huffman Management, LLC’s appeal of the planning commission’s denial of the zoning variance that would allow an event center at 1114 Broadway. Huffman has an option on the property known as Grace Estate.

“They already have the variance to operate a bed and breakfast,” said City Official Brent Cooley. “The request is to be able to have the event center there.”

The bed and breakfast is located in District B. Councilwoman Terika Williams-Walker said she had offered to meet with homeowners in the area.

“Mr. Huffman said his wife had reached out to the neighbors, but none of them wanted to meet,” Gardner said. “From my understanding, nothing has changed. Mr. Huffman said ‘it is what it is.’”

“That’s right,” Williams-Walker said. “It is what it is.”

Minden Planning Commission’s decisions are final unless an appeal is made to the Minden City Council.