Council will mull waiving parking rule for McKinley School

2014-01-27T00:00:00Z 2014-01-27T10:29:05Z Council will mull waiving parking rule for McKinley SchoolBy MIKE FERGUSON mferguson@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Can McKinley Elementary School expand without constructing off-street parking spaces?

The Billings City Council is scheduled to make that determination following a public hearing during its 6:30 p.m. meeting Monday in council chambers.

The addition will come about because of the school bond that voters approved last November. According to a memo by Billings Public Works Director Dave Mumford, the school, at 820 N. 31st St., has operated for many years without off-street parking. School District 2 requests a variance that will allow for construction of the addition without having to add 25 parking spaces.

The school district is seeking the variance to maximize the site for the building and play areas.

If the city council denies the variance, school officials would have to redesign their plans to construct the necessary parking.

City staff recommends the city council grant the variance.

In other matters involving hearing from the public, the council is scheduled to:

Undertake a special review of a drive-through café – a Starbucks is planned – at the site of the former JB’s Restaurant, 910 Grand Ave. The applicant proposes to demolish the existing structure and build two new structures. Criteria for a special review include compatibility with surrounding land uses and a screening requirement to minimize adverse impacts.

Take testimony on a proposed parkland exchange in the Copper Ridge Subdivision north of the intersection of Rimrock Road and Copper Ridge Loop. Staff recommendation is for the council to hear from the public Monday but delay action on the exchange until its Feb. 10 meeting.

Consider a proposed $300,067.67 settlement between J.P.L. Inc. and the city for the last of the parcels purchased for the Grand Avenue widening project in 2006. The parcel is at 1146 Grand Ave.

In addition, the agenda features a 10-item consent agenda. Included are amendments to the 2012-16 Transportation Improvement Program, acceptance of two automatic trail-use counters from Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, an application for funding to improve the South Park playground and the second (and final) reading on the zoning change for Lampman Park.

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