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Day care expansion denied, SVID tower decision still pending

Following up on a meeting it held Dec. 13, the Sunnyside Staff Review Committee last week denied a conditional use permit for a proposed day care expansion.

In a decision letter dated Dec. 26, the three-member committee informed Maria and Moises Hernandez that it unanimously denied the expansion request for a day care center at 820 S. 15th St.

The proposal was to convert an existing residence into a day care center. The Hernandezes currently operate a smaller day care business at the address.

The couple had sought to more than double the day care's capacity from 12 children to 28 children.

In denying the request the committee noted the proposal did not provide an on-site child drop-off designated area, lacked sufficient parking and that the additional vehicle traffic would have been inconsistent with the existing neighborhood use.

The letter, drafted by the city's associate planner, Jamey Ayling, also noted that the Hernandez day care does not comply with all state licensing requirements.

The denial can be appealed by appearing before the city's hearing examiner by Jan. 10, 2007.

Pam Sandifer, an administrative assistant with the city's planning department, said the Staff Review Committee also gave verbal approval for a variance so that Russ Smies can build a garage at 654 S. Hamilton Drive. She said written approval, including conditions of the variance, will be provided later.

The Staff Review Committee also continued to table a decision on a proposal by the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District to construct a 120-foot tall tower near local homes.

Sandifer said action was tabled because the committee still has not received information from the irrigation district related to Federal Aviation Administration compliance and an environmental review. Once that information is received, Sandifer said the committee will render a decision within 10 days from the date it is received.

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