MIDLOTHIAN — A specific use permit request for a restaurant to be built in the Proffitt Industrial Park was granted after a unanimous vote by the Midlothian City Council.

The applicant, Matthew Thomas, made the request during the Tuesday, April 11 session in hopes of building and opening a Golden Chick fast-food restaurant.

Presenting the request to the council was Planning Coordinator Marcos Narvaez.

“The property is currently zoned light commercial and was included in a citywide comprehensive rezoning in 1989. Per the zoning table, restaurants over 1,000 require the approval of a Special Use Permit (SUP) within the light commercial zoning district,” Narvaez said.

A restaurant, commercial retail, industrial offices and a banking office currently occupy the adjacent land.

"The Comprehensive Plan’s future use plan allows a mix of neighboring choices by an assortment of commercial, entertainment and community facilities. This use fits within this plan,” Narvaez added.

Thomas has requested additional parking spaces in addition to the required minimum. The applicant requested seven other spaced due to a large amount of vehicle traffic.

“The staff supports this SUP request,” Narvaez said.

The proposed restaurant will be located at the intersection of State Highway 287 and Burk Hawkins Street.

IN OTHER BUSINESS

The council considered a request for a second family dwelling after Nelli Vaymer, of 405 Lena Lane, presented the case.

Considerations by the council were the building’s location on the lot relating to set back lines and the exterior finish. The dwelling will be a 240-square-foot building that will have full utilities along with heating and air conditioning.

The SUP request was unanimously approved with conditions that include the exterior finish matching the existing dwelling.

Duke Burge requested a zoning change from residential to a proposed Urban Planned Development District to convert an existing home into office space.

“The home was built in 1920. We plan to do remodel and use the building for our office,” Burge said.

Items of concern to the council were parking and a storage building that is slightly over a building line.

The city’s staff approved curbside head in parking for six vehicles.

“The parking area is set back 50 feet from the intersection,” Varnaez said.

“We considered an off-street parking lot. However, looking at other businesses along the street, they have similar parking. Our parking plan fits well with neighboring business parking,” Duke said.

Members of the council unanimously approved Duke’s request. The parking was addressed and unanimously approved in a separate action.