During the April 6 Sunbury Village Council meeting, a public hearing was held for an amendment to a development plan for 11-plus acres in the south end of Sunbury Meadows on the east side of State Route 3.
The Sunbury Christian Church application, outlined in an ordinance that also had a first reading April 6, specifically asks for three divergences from the original development.
Greg Eller of Eller Architecture explained that the modifications are to a 2008 development plan.
Crafted by Dominion Homes, Dominion has since sold out to Pulte Homes. The Sunbury Christian Church property, purchased from Dominion Homes, is within the Sunbury Meadows development agreement footprint.
“We’re seeking Phase 1 approval for a 25,000 square-foot church building with 198 parking spaces,” Eller said. “Later phases will include two additional buildings at 14,000 square feet each, plus recreation fields and commensurate parking.”
Eller said the site has American Electric Power and Marathon gas easements. Church access would be from inside Sunbury Meadows with no curb cut on SR 3.
“We’re seeking three divergences,” Eller said. “One, to increase the building height from 35 feet to 42 feet. That would be aesthetically correct for this type of building. We’re asking to reduce the parking space size from 10-feet by 20-feet to 9-feet by 18-feet, and the parking lot aisle width from 24 feet to 22 feet.”
Eller said the triangular shape of the 11-acre site, combined with the utility easements, is restrictive; the divergences would help the site’s layout.
When the application was before members of the Village Planning and Zoning Commission, village consulting engineer Wes Hall recommended that a 24-foot wide parking lot aisle be retained. The commission approved the divergence application with the 22-foot aisle reduction.
Last week, Hall noted his recommendation, and Eller said that with the zoning commission’s approval it would remain in the application presented to Village Council.
“We’re retaining the third divergence as a request,” Eller said. “It frees up extra space for us. We’re crossing utility easements. Marathon is asking us to stay completely off their easement. But we will abide with what you decide.”
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093