A rezoning request for a Rally's restaurant is scheduled to return to the agenda for the next meeting of the Northland Community Council development committee.
The monthly session is set for Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the offices of Franklin County Job and Family Services, 1721 Northland Park Ave.
Attorney James Maniace, who represents parent company Checkers Drive-In Restaurants Inc. of Tampa, Florida, and development committee members agreed in July that the plan to locate a Rally's drive-thru in an outparcel of the Morse Center, 2100 Morse Road, is far more complicated than a straightforward rezoning.
At the panel's July 26 meeting, Maniace consented on behalf of his client to delay seeking a recommendation from the committee while he met with Chairman Dave Paul and Vice Chairman William Logan to work out some of the issues involved in the application.
"It's a heck of a thing for the community to review," Maniace said last week. "It became very difficult. We worked with the city and we're updating the references."
In part, the rezoning faces a hurdle because the affected area lies within a parcel that has a commercial planned development designation dating to 2002.
The specific language for the center did not permit development of parcels within the property, Maniace pointed out July 26, but rezoning the entire site would potentially trigger a host of new regulations for the Missouri-based owner of the shopping center.
Executives with Checkers Drive-In Restaurants want to meet most current regulations, including those for landscaping, but don't want to trigger the same standards for the entire property, Maniace said.
In meeting with officials at various city departments involved in the potential rezoning, Maniace said none saw any reason why creating a small burger shop should result in millions of dollars of required updates to the entire shopping center.
"In that, I think we have the support of every city department that's looked at it," he said.
In addition, Logan noted on July 26 that sections of the code under which the center was originally developed have since been repealed.
Maniace said he would finalize the language to come before the development committee in the week leading up to the Aug. 30 hearing.
"None of those objections were things that couldn't be worked out," he said. "It was a lot of technical concerns."
Also on the agenda for the Aug. 30 meeting, according to Paul, is a request for a variance from Midwest Roofing Supply on Evanswood Drive. This deals with the outdoor storage of materials and required setbacks from property lines, Paul said.
"If I understand it correctly, they're looking to cure an existing condition," he added.
The Happy Druggist Pharmacy on Karl Road has a variance application that's scheduled to come up Aug. 30, but Paul said he plans to meet with a representative for the business and recommend a delay.
"They really haven't addressed several elements of the variance they need in order to succeed on the merits they're suggesting and to cover all the bases," he said.