NEWBERRY ‒ The City of Newberry Board of Adjustment (BOA) on Aug. 14 approved three site and development plans. The BOA is made up of the same members as the Newberry City Commission.

The Board first considered two items regarding property located in the Avalon Woods Mixed Use zoning district.

The applications for both Avalon Woods-related requests were submitted by JB Pro, agent, on behalf of S&T Newberry Holdings, owner. Avalon Woods is located east of U.S. 41/State Road 45 and north of Northwest 9th Place.

One site plan application was for a 4,500-square-foot warehouse and outdoor storage yard for Shore Builders on 1 +/- acre of land within that zoning district. This property will be used as the builders’ office and warehouse. A question about connectivity resulted in a comment by the developer stating that there will be direct access between the residential and commercial properties and property owners will not have to go to SR 45 in order to access commercial properties on this site. This item was approved in a 3-1 vote with Board Member Monty Farnsworth casting the dissenting vote.

The second item was for Town Center Self-Storage to allow construction of a 49,500-square-foot self-storage facility on 3 +/- acres of land. The project will include a total of 10 buildings of varying dimensions.

Development of this property will be phased in with the utilities and infrastructure installed for the first four buildings in the front of the project. The second phase will include the remaining utilities as the other buildings are constructed.

“Because the second phase is a condition of approval for this item, the developer must apply for a building permit within five years for Phase 2 (by Aug. 14, 2028),” said City of Newberry Senior Planner Uma Sarmistha.

This item was approved in a 3-1 vote with Board Member Monty Farnsworth casting the dissenting vote.

Both items were heard by the Planning and Zoning Board on July 17 and were unanimously recommended to the BOA for approval at that time.

The third site and development plan request was for a 5,000-square-foot industrial building and related site improvements on a 1.28 +/- acre site (Lot 4) within the Newberry Commercial Park. The application was made by eda consultants, inc., agent, on behalf of Jorge Villalobos and Susan Ulloa, owners. The petition is for The Best Restoration, a home and business restoration company.

The site is located at the northeast corner of Northwest 8th Lane and Northwest 235th Terrace within the Newberry Commercial Park.

This item was also heard by the Planning and Zoning Board on July 17 and recommended for approval with the inclusion of a voluntary condition offered by the agent. The condition was to improve the terminus of Northwest 253rd Terrace within the Newberry Commercial Park, including, but not limited to, parking stalls within the public right-of-way and additional landscaping to provide additional buffering between the commercial park and the northern residential neighborhood of Newberry Corners.

“The developer has agreed to the conditions and has planned a heavy vegetative buffer along the northern portion of the site,” said City of Newberry Principal Planner Jean-Paul Perez.

The request was unanimously approved by the Board of Adjustment.

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