The Richmond Hill City Council on Tuesday approved a request for a home-based business that will focus on limited primary care and osteopathic-manipulative medicine.
The request was made by Dr. Thomas Byrnes of Slow and Ha Inc. for the business at 8932 Ford Ave.
According to the home-business addendum made available at the meeting in City Hall, customers will come to the home three days a week.
The addendum says the floor area to conduct the operation should “not exceed 25 percent of the total floor area of the home.” Also, there will be no change to the building’s exterior, and the business should not create a larger volume of traffic than expected for a residential area. The request says about two to three deliveries to the home will be made per month.
The council also approved two rezoning petitions filed by Ford Avenue Properties LLC. This allows for 1.2 acres at 10904 Ford Ave. and 1.06 acres at 10950 Ford Ave to change from low density residential neighborhood zoning to neighborhood commercial.
According to the minutes of the Planning Commission meeting on Oct. 26, Planning and Zoning Director Scott Allison said the owner of the property at 10904 Ford Ave. is planning to sell it and wanted it rezoned to allow future owners to use the property as commercial without having to obtain a conditional use.
The 10950 Ford Ave. property has already been used as commercial “for several years,” and the rezoning will allow for low-density neighborhood commercial, or less traffic than other commercial zones, according to the minutes.
In other action Tuesday, the council:
• Approved the use of $300,000 in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds for signal upgrade and landscaping at the intersection of highways 25 and 17, with $50,000 of that amount being reimbursed by a state Department of Transportation grant.
• Tabled a petition by Coastal Electric Cooperative for a variance of the city’s sign ordinance to replace the sign face at 3700 Highway 17 with a full-color LCD digital sign. According to a letter from J. Mark Bolton, CEC’s vice president of communications, marketing and economic development, the sign would display messages about service outages, interruptions and restorations, natural disasters and other emergencies, as well as public-service announcements and energy-conservation messages. (Editor's note: This has been updated to correct the Council's decision.)
• Approved a building-elevation request by Corde Wilson for the Fairway Links Development at Port Royal Road and Sterling Links Way.
• Set the Sunday alcohol-sales license fees as $250 beginning Jan. 1.