MOUNT JACKSON – Planning Commission and Town Council members held a joint public hearing Monday evening to hear presentations from Bowman Andros and French Brothers LLC related to expansion and rezoning requests respectively.
Bowman Andros is planning to expand its operation in town by about 153,000 square feet and hopes to have the project finished by 2021.
The land Bowman Andros facility is on is zoned I-1 for industrial use. While the expanded plant will continue under the industrial use tag, I-1 land requires a special use permit in order for any construction.
The other request before the Planning Commission came from French Brothers LLC, which is working with Hardees to bring a restaurant to Mount Jackson.
In order to facilitate the move, French Brothers is requesting a rezoning of the land where the restaurant will stand from B-3 to B-2.
Commission members explained that B3 zoning is commonly used for shopping centers and requires a higher volume of parking spaces. By changing the zoning to B-2, Hardees will only need to provide around 40 spaces compared to the 70-plus spaces required by the current zoning ordinance.
Commission members voted unanimously for both applications, recommending that Town Council approve them at its meeting on Tuesday.
Town Manager Kevin Fauber noted that while the Planning Commission is finished with Hardees’ request for rezoning, it will have to approve a site plan when it is finished.