In Close Vote, Zoning Board Allows Peer Support To Continue OperationDecatur Metro | April 13, 2010 | 9:41 am
Both InDecatur and the DNO report that Decatur’s Zoning Board of Appeals concurred with the city staff ruling last night that the Peer Support and Wellness Center could continue operation on an R-60 piece of property.
Both outlets reported a 3-2 vote, with Board Chair Mark Burnette, Neil Dobbs, and David Goldberg voting to uphold the zoning administrators decision, and Kyle Williams and Neil Norton voting to overturn it.
According to the DNO’s excellent recap, Burnette summed up the issue at hand by asking “Is this a use that would fundamentally alter the character of an R-60 zoning district?”, noting that there were other allowable public uses where folks came and went “all the time.” Federal law, permits, and missteps along the way by all parties involved were also discussed.
Those who wish to challenge the board’s ruling now have the option of appealing the case to the State Superior Court.