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CL-2240 New Business   Item #: C.       
Meeting Date: 02/04/2020  
Subject:    Request for a Special Use Permit for Commercial Indoor Recreation at 1354 Westover Drive.
From: Kenneth C. Gillie, Jr.

COUNCIL ACTION
Business Meeting:     02/04/2020
SUMMARY
A request has been filed by Inam Qazi on behalf of UHA Inc., requesting a Special Use Permit for commercial recreation (indoor) in accordance with Article 3.M, Section C, Item 4 of the Zoning Ordinance of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia 1986, as amended, at 1354 Westover Drive, otherwise known as Grid 0710, Block 001, Parcel 000006 of the City of Danville, Virginia, Zoning District Map. The applicant is proposing to have indoor gaming.
BACKGROUND
Inam Qazi, the applicant, is requesting a Special Use Permit for commercial recreation at 1354 Westover Drive. The applicant proposes to provide indoor gaming activities in addition to the existing on-site use.  These gaming activities include an opportunity to obtain money.
 
Before the month of August, the applicant had already been operating a commercial recreation establishment, but without the required Special Use Permit or legal non-conforming status. To the best of staff’s knowledge, operations ceased after the business was cited for a zoning violation in late July.  General guidelines for recreational facilities include parking requirements, hours of operation, and other standards to ensure a safe environment.  When a business offers the chance to earn money from gaming activities, there are additional safety concerns.
 
This item was tabled at the Planning Commission meeting on September 9, and October 7, to allow facilities to obtain Certificates of Occupancy, and to address the additional parking concerns.  This facility does not have a Certificate of Occupancy.  After meetings with both the Inspections Division of Community Development, as well as the City of Danville Fire Department, it has been determined that facilities with these machines should be listed as a B-Business Group.  This requires public restrooms, handicapped accessible routes and parking spaces, exit lights, fire extinguishers, as well as other life safety items.  This facility did not have a Certificate of Occupancy, but has been inspected to determine compliance with this change in use of the building.  The list of necessary corrections is attached to the end of this report.  As of this date, these items have not been addressed and a new Certificate of Occupancy has not been obtained.  This facility has 23 conforming, marked parking spaces and 8 non-conforming spaces. The facility itself is 3,553 sq. ft. in total which includes multiple uses.  The store would require 19 parking spaces as only a convenience store.
 
 
At their meeting of November 12, 2019, the Planning Commission voted 6-1 to recommend denial of the request.
RECOMMENDATION
The City Planning Commission recommends that City Council adopt a Resolution denying Special Use Permit application PLSUP20190000319, filed by Inam Qazi on behalf of UHA Inc, requesting a Special Use Permit for commercial recreation (indoor) in accordance with Article 3.M, Section C, Item 4 of the Zoning Ordinance of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia 1986, as amended, at 1354 Westover Drive, otherwise known as Grid 0710, Block 001, Parcel 000006 of the City of Danville, Virginia, Zoning District Map. The applicant is proposing to have indoor gaming.

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