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Subject: (EXCP-6-13-2429) Special Exception Use request to operate a private school at 7201 Moon Road.

S. Carson Cummings has submitted an application for the Special Exception Use cited above. The property is located in an RO (Residential Office) zoning district. The site for the proposed private school is approximately 2.7 acres. The acreage for the whole parcel is approximately 6.49 acres. The purpose of the Special Exception Use is to allow for the operation of a private school located in a residential office zoning district:

Ten (10) property owners within 300 feet of the property have been notified by mail of the proposed Special Exception Use. To date, the Planning Department has not received any comments in regards to this special exception request.

Additional Information: The applicant is proposing to use the existing 8,400 sq. ft. building to operate a private school for grades 1-12. The owner expects to enroll approximately 24 students at the beginning and increase their enrollment up to a total of 80 students in the future. This private school will focus on students with special needs (30%), students whose needs are not met (30%) and students who are advanced or are home schooled (40%). The owner is planning to have 3 classrooms for elementary, middle and high school.

The Planning Advisory Commission recommended approval at the July 17, 2013 meeting.

The Planning Department recommends that the Council conditionally approves the use because the application for a Special Exception use meets the criteria for approval. The condition is as follows: The two (2) southernmost parking spaces shall be eliminated to allow for vehicles to turn around since no cul-de-sac exists by the end of the road.

Rick Jones, AICP
Director, Planning Department

Enclosure/ Attachment

Site Plan.pdfLand Use Map.pdfEXCP-6-13-2429 Traffic Analysis.pdfCollage.pdf