Parkersburg planning commission approves rezoning request

Photo by Evan Bevins Parkersburg Municipal Planning Commission members, from left, Sean Andrews, Luke Peters and Tom Evans look over documents during Friday’s meeting in City Council chambers at the Municipal Building.

PARKERSBURG — The Municipal Planning Commission on Friday approved a request to rezone the once and future site of a day care provider.

The property at 2611 21st Ave. is zoned as residential. Property owner Brenda Hall said she was approved for a variance when she built the structure as a day care center in 2005. It closed in 2011 and has been used as a residential rental location since, she said.

Peace of Mind Child Care owner Amanda Diddle purchased the building from Hall on May 1 as a new site for her business, currently located at 808 Division St.

“We discovered that she had to have it rezoned to do that,” Hall said.

After the meeting, Assistant City Attorney Rob Tebay said court decisions over the years have made it more difficult to obtain such variances and too much time had passed since the building had served as a day care to maintain the one originally granted.

Photo by Evan Bevins Peace of Mind Child Care owner Amanda Diddle speaks to members of the Parkersburg Municipal Planning Commission during a meeting Friday in City Council chambers at the Municipal Building.

“It lost its grandfather clause because it was not used for over a year as a day care,” he said.

All of the property around the parcel is zoned for business, except an adjacent R-3 zone that is a parking lot, City Planner Mike Rosso said.

The commission approved the rezoning 9-0, with five members absent.

The measure is expected to appear for first reading at the May 28 Parkersburg City Council meeting.

In other business, the commission voted 9-0 to postpone until its June meeting consideration of a request to abandon an unnamed alley between 809 and 901 Dooley Ave. after the incorrect map designation was submitted for the notice that appeared in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel. Commission Vice President Eric Gumm said he supported the request, but asked Tebay if they should republish the advertisement. Tebay agreed that was proper.


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