The proposed expansions of an Islamic school and an Islamic cultural center are scheduled for consideration by the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8, at the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way.
Sunrise Academy, 5657 Scioto Darby Road, is seeking a conditional-use permit to build a 2,678-square-foot addition at the charter school.
Noor Islamic Cultural Center, 5001 Wilcox Road, is seeking approval to modify a planned-unit-development to allow construction of a 4,172-square-foot addition.
The projects are not related.
Commission members are reconsidering the application of Sunrise Academy after a 3-3 deadlock in July 2016 nixed a conditional-use permit for an identical expansion.
They decided a month later they would reconsider the application the next year.
"This was to give the applicant time to implement a traffic-management plan to help mitigate the negative impacts associated with dropping off and picking up students during normal school days and during special events (this past school year)," said Tracy Bradford, Hilliard's law director.
Sunrise Academy is expected to present the findings of the traffic study made during the most recent school year, said Tromy Batiste, an assistant to city planner John Talentino.
In July 2016, commission members Scott Movshin, Tracey Nixon and Mayor Don Schonhardt voted in support of the application; commission chairman Chris Lewie, Jay Muether and Cornell Robertson voted against the measure.
The same six members are expected to be present June 8.
"We will listen to the (traffic study) and hear from the public, and make our determination," Schonhardt said June 5.
Schonhardt said last year that he voted in favor of the application because school officials did not plan to increase enrollment but rather provide improved amenities to existing students.
"The school wanted to provide a library and a computer room to existing students and I didn't see a problem with that," he said.
Lewie last year said he opposed the school's expansion based on traffic congestion.
"I have tremendous concerns about traffic and parking," he said at the time.
Two Hilliard middle schools and Darby High School are across the street from Sunrise Academy, which itself sits at the corner of Cemetery Road and Veterans Memorial Drive, the entrance to the Hilliard Family Aquatic Center, the community center and senior center.
The application for Noor Islamic Cultural Center has not been considered previously but was postponed from last month's planning-and-zoning meeting.