Christian Meeting Room Inc. is working with the Gahanna Planning Commission to rezone 0.315 acre at 5990 Taylor Road from Single Family Residential (SF-3) to Restricted Institutional District (RID).

Christian Meeting Room Inc. is working with the Gahanna Planning Commission to rezone 0.315 acre at 5990 Taylor Road from Single Family Residential (SF-3) to Restricted Institutional District (RID).

During the Nov. 17 Planning Commission meeting, Bonnie Gard said the city had received complaints about parking at the residence where three church-related gatherings are held weekly.

Gard, planning and zoning administrator, was notified in September that the parking lot in front of the home had been substantially expanded.

"Pretty much the whole front yard has been done in a sealed surface," she said.

The city issued a stop-work notice concerning the parking lot, she said, but the work was virtually complete by the time the order was delivered.

CMR's Bob Johnstone and architect George Parker of George Parker & Associates discussed their intentions for the property during a Feb. 16 planning workshop.

Johnstone said he had met with Gard to gain a better understanding of RID zoning requirements and needed variances.

"I could see the concerns of the neighbors," he said. "We have no intention to develop the rest of that property. We want to be good citizens in the community and don't want to vacate it. We don't ever want a white elephant at the corner of Kason and Taylor."

Currently, he said, the house is used as a "satellite" for local families and brings about 45 people to the home for three separate, one-hour periods during the week. A communion service is held at 6 a.m. Sundays, and prayer meetings beginning at 6:15 p.m. on Mondays and gospel preaching every other Sunday beginning at 3 p.m.

The latter brings the most people, approximately 60, but Johnstone said large families attend with an average of four or five people per vehicle.

The parking lot currently has 14 parking spaces.

Parker said he has visited the site and will propose new property lines for the existing building and two proposed home sites as well as landscaping.

He said it would be easy for him to make it code compliant.

Planning chairperson Kristen Rosan said there were concerns about 35 items that would be needed to done to make the building compliant for commercial RID use.

"You're comfortable that can be done?" she asked.

Parker said he has done a lot of remodels.

"It sounded like people thought this would be an expensive remodel," he said. "It isn't. It's easy to do."

Deputy development director Anthony Jones said the large parking lot at the front of the building was a concern of neighbors.

"Being an RID, what are the expectations for landscaping to accommodate that use?" Jones asked.

Parker suggested skinny fir trees along the property line.

Rosan wants to make sure there isn't overflow parking along Kason's Way that would interrupt neighbors.

During the Nov. 17 planning meeting, Gard said the city had received complaints about parking at the residence.

She was notified in September that the parking lot had widely expanded with a sealed surface in front of the home.

The city issued a stop-work notice concerning the parking lot; however, the work was virtually complete by the time the order was delivered, she said.

When an inspection was done at the residence in October, Gard was informed the kitchen had totally been removed from the structure, causing it to become nonconforming as a single-family dwelling unit.

Another workshop on the matter has been scheduled for March 16, with a vote tentatively planned on March 23.