Sunrise Academy, a chartered Islamic school at 5657 Scioto Darby Road, will need to consider a second campus if it is to expand after the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously rejected its request for a conditional-use permit required for the construction of a 2,678-square-foot addition.
“I’m not here to plan for today but for 10, 15 years from now,” said Mayor Don Schonhardt, who is also a member of the commission.
The commission’s unanimous rejection of the plan came after a 3-3 deadlock in July 2016 nixed a conditional-use permit for an identical addition.
Schonhardt’s vote against the proposed addition on June 8 was a reversal from his decision in 2016.
Schonhardt said he questioned Sunrise Academy investing in an expansion at a site that could not reasonably be expected to meet the future needs of the school, even in the short term.
“You’re trying to pour 10 gallons of water into a 5-gallon bucket and it’s not going to happen," he said.
Officials from Sunrise Academy said they do not plan to appeal the commission’s decision.
Read more about the commission’s decision in the June 15 edition of the ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News.