Update 3/16/17 – The Roanoke Planning Commission approved the Cherney Development Co.’s rezoning application for a second time on Monday, with Katz recusing herself from the 5-0 vote. If approved by the city council, the rezoning would allow the developer to move forward with its plan to build a three-story, 56,000-square-foot self-storage facility on 1.48 acres along Williamson Road, according to the source.
The commission was down to five members because Paula Williams resigned her post last week to pursue a new job, the source reported.
The council is expected to review the rezoning application on Monday.
2/27/17 – The Roanoke City Council returned the Cherney Development Co. self-storage rezoning application to the planning commission last week after learning commissioner Lora Katz shouldn’t have previously voted on the matter due to a conflict of interest. Katz, an architect, has a business relationship with Cherney on an unrelated project, according to the source.
Though Katz disclosed the relationship prior to the planning vote, her participation was approved. However, city attorney Dan Callaghan didn’t learn of the conflict until after the planning vote and notified the council, the source reported.
Councilmember John Garland abstained from the vote to remand the application because he also has a business relationship with Cherney.
The planning commission is scheduled to revisit the rezoning request on March 13.
2/15/17 – The Roanoke, Va., Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval of a self-storage project at 1001 Williamson Road S.E. on Monday despite opposition from some community members. Developer Jim Cherney intends to replace the vacated Shepherds Auto Supply building with a three-story facility that would feature an overnight-delivery center on the first floor, according to the source.
Though resident Duane Howard told the source he believes the property is wrong for self-storage, Cherney’s attorney Maryellen Goodlatte told planners the facility would serve apartment dwellers and small businesses in the area “who need to have convenient and frequent access to storage.”
Howard suggested the location is better suited for more housing, health care or bio-medical research.
The proposal must still be reviewed by the city council.