The conditional-use permit allows CAMC to build the parking lot, while the approval of the waiver keeps the lot's design consistent with an existing lot that sits along Baker Street, Margolis said.
New EPA regulations require properties to hold an inch of rainfall, Margolis said. The extra space in the parking lot would make room for a rain garden, which would keep the lot in compliance with the regulation.
• Owners of a proposed Fox's Pizza Den at 709 Ruffner Ave. received a waiver eliminating the requirement for carryout restaurants to have on-site parking.
Lori Brannon, of the city's Planning Department, said the building -- vacant for at least a decade -- has virtually no on-site parking and that any proposal for the property would need a waiver.
"It's our feeling that this is about the least-intense use you're going to get proposed for a building in this area," Brannon said.
James Martin said he and co-owner Paul Divita hope to have the restaurant between Dixie and Smith streets open shortly after the first of the year.
• Adam Krason, a developer at ZMM Inc., received a variance that allows more on-site parking in front of a planned commercial space at 5510 MacCorkle Avenue in Kanawha City. Dr. Antoine Skaff owns the site.
The decision was made after planning officials said the ordinance that requires 80 percent of on-site parking to be behind the building had "unintended consequences."
"Our idea was to bring the building up to the street, creating a pedestrian-friendly environment, but what the ordinance is really doing is making buildings turn their back on the street," said Planning Director Dan Vriendt.
Vriendt said the Planning Department is looking into changing the requirement because of the number of variances the board has issued.
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