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GOOD EVENING

[ ROLL CALL]

EVERYONE, AND THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR TONIGHT'S PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION MEETING.

AT THIS TIME, WE'LL HAVE THE ROLL CALL.

MR. HOLCOMB.

CHAIRMAN WASHINGTON.

HERE.

VICE CHAIRMAN GROUT.

HERE.

COMMISSIONER ADDISON? HERE.

COMMISSIONER BANKS.

COMMISSIONER BOYD? HERE.

COMMISSIONER BRUNELL? HERE.

COMMISSIONER ELLEN? HERE.

COMMISSIONER FOWLER.

HERE.

COMMISSIONER SCROGGS.

WE HAVE A QUORUM.

THANK YOU MR. HOLCOMB.

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES ]

AT THIS TIME WE'LL MOVE ON TO THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM THE FEBRUARY 19TH MEETING? MOTION FROM COMMISSIONER ADDISON.

SECOND FROM COMMISSIONER BOYD.

ARE THERE ANY OBJECTIONS? SEEING NONE.

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN APPROVED.

AT THIS TIME

[RULES FOR CONDUCTING PUBLIC HEARINGS]

I'LL ASK THE VICE CHAIRMAN TO READ IN THE RULES FOR CONDUCTING PUBLIC HEARINGS.

THE RULES FOR CONDUCTING PUBLIC HEARINGS.

THIS IS A PUBLIC MEETING AND AN INTERESTED MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISHES TO COMMENT ON ANY ITEM FROM THIS AGENDA.

MAY COMMENT IN PERSON AT CITY HALL 2 22 ST.

LOUIS STREET, THIRD FLOOR, ROOM 3 48.

DURING THE MEETING, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC DESIRING TO SPEAK ON A PARTICULAR ITEM SHOULD REFER TO A MEETING AGENDA AND COMPLETE NECESSARY INFORMATION PRIOR TO THE MEETING BY FILLING OUT A REQUEST TO SPEAK CARD INDICATING ON WHICH ITEM YOU WISH TO SPEAK AND PLACE IT IN THE DESIGNATED LOCATION PRIOR TO THE MEETING.

APPLICANT AND APPLICANT'S REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE PROPOSAL WILL SPEAK FOR FIRST FOR A TOTAL OR COMBINED A PERIOD OF NOT TO EXCEED 15 MINUTES.

PROPONENTS WILL SPEAK AND THEN THE OPPONENTS.

EACH SPEAKER WILL NOT BE ALLOWED MORE THAN THREE MINUTES.

SPEAKERS ARE REQUESTED TO LIMIT THEIR REMARKS BY AVOIDING DUPLICATION OF THEIR PRESENTATIONS.

APPLICANT WILL BE ALLOWED A TOTAL PERIOD OF FIVE MINUTES FOR REBUTTAL.

OPPONENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO REBUT ITEMS PLACED ON THE CONSENT AGENDA BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION.

STAFF WILL NOT HAVE TIME ALLOCATED FOR SPEAKING UNLESS THERE IS A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC AT THE MEETING WHO WISHES TO SPEAK ON AN ITEM.

IN SUCH CASES, THE PROPOSAL WILL FOLLOW THE STANDARD PROCEDURE.

MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU VICE CHAIRMAN GR WE CAN NOW

[CONSENT AGENDA ]

MOVE ON TO THE CONSENT AGENDA.

MR. BALDWIN, THERE ARE NO ITEMS FOR CONSENT FOR WITHDRAWAL.

CONSENT FOR ITEMS FOR DEFERRAL.

ITEMS FOUR AND FIVE, PA 2 24 T 15, 3 51 15 4 17 15, 437 15, 487 15, 5 47 15, 5 85 AND 15 400 THROUGH 15 600 RIVER ROAD TO AMEND THE COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE PLAN FROM RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD TO MIXED USE LOCATED ON THE EAST SIDE OF RIVER ROAD, SOUTH OF OAK BURCH CROSSING DRIVE.

PUT 1 0 9 LA BURGE BATON ROUGE CONCEPT PLAN, REVISION FOUR TO REZONE PROPERTY FROM RURAL TO PLAN UNIT DEVELOPMENT PUD AND INCREASE RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL LAND USES THROUGHOUT THE DEVELOPMENT LOCATED AT THE INTERSECTION OF RIVER ROAD AND LARE CROSSING DRIVE.

CONSENT ITEMS FOR APPROVAL CASE.

10 24 9400 THROUGH 9,500 PICO LANE THERE REZO PROPERTY FROM HEAVY COMMERCIAL C TWO TO LIGHT INDUSTRIAL M1 LOCATED EAST OF PCO LANE, SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 10.

CASE 1124.

33 33 NORTH ACADIAN THROUGHWAY TO REZONED PROPERTY FROM LIGHT COMMERCIAL C ONE TO HEAVY COMMERCIAL C ONE LOCATED ON THE WEST SIDE OF NORTH ACADIAN THROUGHWAY SOUTH OF OZARK STREET CASE 12 24 25 60 GOVERNMENT STREET TO REZONE.

PROPERTY FROM LIGHT COMMERCIAL C ONE TO COMMERCIAL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE RESTAURANT CA B ONE LOCATED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF GOVERNMENT STREET, WEST OF LAVENIA STREET CASE 13 24 2900 THROUGH 3000 VALLEY STREET TO REZONE PROPERTY FROM LIMITED RESIDENTIAL.

A 3.1 TO NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL NC LOCATED ON THE WEST SIDE OF VALLEY STREET NORTH OF PLUM BROOK DRIVE CASE 1524.

94 32 JEFFERSON HIGHWAY TO REZONED.

PROPERTY FROM SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL, A ONE TO GENERAL OFFICE, LOW RISE, GOL LOCATED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF JEFFERSON HIGHWAY EAST OF BLUEBONNET ROAD.

PUT 2 0 0 ELITE TRAINING ACADEMY, BURBANK UNIVERSITY FINAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN.

REVISION PROPOSED DECREASE OF BUILDING SQUARE FOOTAGE AND RELATED PARKING IN ADDITION OF A BILLBOARD WITHIN THE DEVELOPMENT LOCATED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF BURBANK DRIVE, WEST OF LEE DRIVE.

PLANNING COMMISSION.

STAFF CERTIFIES THAT ALL OF THESE ITEMS ARE CONSISTENT WITH THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND THE UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT CODE.

WE HAVE REQUESTS FROM THE PUBLIC TO PULL ITEM 11, CASE 1324.

2,900 TO 3000 VALLEY STREET AND ITEM 12, CASE 15 24, 94 32 JEFFERSON HIGHWAY FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA TO BE HEARD IN THE REGULAR AGENDA ORDER.

THANK YOU COMMISSION

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MEMBERS, WE WILL BE PULLING ITEMS 11 AND 12.

YOU HAVE HEARD THE REMAINING ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN PLACED ON THE CONSENT AGENDA THAT WILL BE TAKEN WITH ONE VOTE.

ARE THERE ANY MEMBERS OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION WHO HAVE AN ITEM ON CONSENT THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO BE PULLED TO BE HEARD AS PART OF THE REGULAR AGENDA? DO WE HAVE ANY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC PRESENT WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK ON ANY ITEMS THAT ARE ON THE CONSENT AGENDA? SEEING NONE.

IS THERE A MOTION? MOTION BY VICE CHAIRMAN GROUT? I WILL REITERATE THIS.

THE QUESTION IS, DO YOU, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEAK ON ANY OF THE MOTIONS? I'M SORRY.

ANY OF THE ITEMS THAT ARE ON THE CONSENT AGENDA? CORRECT.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO HE'S REITER HE'S, UH, CONFIRMED THAT HIS, UH, ITEM OF INTEREST IS NOT ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.

I BELIEVE I HAD A MOTION FROM VICE CHAIRMAN GROUT.

IS THERE A SECOND TO THAT MOTION? SECOND FROM COMMISSIONER ADDISON.

ARE THERE ANY OBJECTIONS? SEEING NONE.

THESE ITEMS HAVE NOW BEEN

[Items 2 & 3]

APPROVED AND WE CAN MOVE ON TO THE REGULAR AGENDA BEGINNING WITH ITEM NUMBER TWO.

PLAN AMENDMENT 1 24 AND ITEM NUMBER THREE, CASE 14 24 54 54 HOLLAND ROAD, PA DASH ONE DASH 24 5 4 5 4 HOLLAND ROAD RELATED TO CASE 14 DASH 24.

THE PROPERTY IS LOCATED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF HIGHLAND ROAD, EAST OF BENHUR ROAD COUNCIL DISTRICT 12 ROCKA.

THE APPLICANT IS DR.

MADONNA KDU.

THE APPLICANT PROPOSED A CHANGE IN THE COMPREHENSIVE USES PLAN AMENDMENT FROM RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD TO COMPACT NEIGHBORHOOD RELATED CASE 14 DASH 24 5 4 5 4 HIGHLAND ROAD.

THE APPLICANT PROPOSED A CHANGE IN ZONING FROM SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL, A ONE TO LIMITED RESIDENTIAL, A 3.1 PROPOSED USE RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION.

THE FUTURE BE OUR LATEST DESIGNATION IS RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD PA DASH ONE DASH 24 5 4 5 4 HIGHLAND ROAD RELATED TO CASE 14 DASH 24.

THE STAFF RECOMMENDS DENIAL BASED UPON THE LAND USE DESIGNATION OF RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD APPEARING APPROPRIATE AND CANNOT CERTIFY THAT THE REQUEST MEETS THE CRITERIA FOR A CHANGE IN ZONING.

IT IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE EXISTING CHARACTER USAGE OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

THE PLANNING COMMISSION OFFICE HAS RECEIVED 17 MESSAGES IN SUPPORT OF THIS ITEM.

HOWEVER, THE COUNCILWOMAN HAS SHARED WITH OUR OFFICE THAT SHE HAS RECEIVED MESSAGES OF CONCERN AND OPPOSITION.

THANK YOU.

AT THIS TIME, I'LL OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING AND INVITE THE APPLICANT TO SPEAK FOR A PERIOD NOT TO EXCEED 15 MINUTES.

YOU WANNA OPEN SINCE YOU SENT THE LETTER THAT THAT'S OKAY.

GO AHEAD.

HELLO.

NICE TO BE WITH Y'ALL TODAY.

UH, CERTAIN WHO WE WOULD HOPE FOR APPROVAL FOR OUR PROPERTY OR FOR THE PROPERTY WE WANT TO PURCHASE.

UM, I I, I'M VERY EAGER TO HEAR THE OPPOSITIONS REASONS WHY THEY DON'T WANT US TO BE THERE.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS NOT COMPLETELY RESIDENTIAL.

THERE'S PLENTY OF COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY ALL THE WAY AROUND.

THERE'S A BIG WATER TOWER ON ONE SIDE.

UM, THERE'S A TREE LINE NEXT TO A RESIDENCE.

I ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY TO GO BY THERE AND SEE IT.

WE'RE, YOU KNOW, WE'RE WILLING TO WORK WITH THE OPPOSITION TO, UH, KEEP THEIR PRIVACY.

UH, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEIR OBJECTIONS WILL BE, BUT AGAIN, I'LL RESTATE THAT.

YOU KNOW, WE'RE WILLING TO WORK WITH THEM.

YOU KNOW, WE BRING A LOT TO THE TABLE.

THIS PROPERTY'S BEEN ON THE MARKET FOR 800 DAYS.

NOBODY'S BOUGHT IT.

AS FAR AS I UNDERSTAND IT, IT HOLDS WATER IN THE BACK OF THE PROPERTY, CAN ONLY BUILD SOMETHING ON THE FRONT OF THE PROPERTY.

WE WERE ONE BLOCK AWAY FOR TWO OR THREE YEARS AND NEVER RECEIVED ANY COMPLAINTS FROM MANY NEIGHBORS.

WE HAVE, UH, A SUNDAY PROGRAM, UH, STUDENTS AND OTHER PEOPLE COME OVER FOR LUNCH.

WE HAVE, UH, SOME CLASSES ON MEDITATION AND YOGA.

NONE OF THESE THINGS ARE VERY LOUD.

UH, UM, WE HAVE TEMPLES AND PLACES OF WARSHIP ALL OVER THE WORLD.

UH, 54 IN THE UNITED STATES.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, WE, WE, WE OFFER A LOT TO THE CITIES THAT HAVE ACCOMMODATED US, AND WE CAN DO THE SAME FOR BATON ROUGE.

WE HAVE BEEN IN NEW ORLEANS SINCE 1971 AND HAVE WORKED VERY WELL WITH THE CITY THERE.

WE HOPE TO DO THE SAME HERE IN BATON ROUGE.

WE HAVE A LOT OF SUPPORT FROM THE, UH, LOCAL INDIAN COMMUNITY.

UM, WE

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HAVE SUPPORT FROM THE STUDENTS.

UM, THE, UH, GENTLEMAN MOST RESPONSIBLE FOR PURCHASING THIS PROPERTY.

HIS DAUGHTER SET UP A, UH, A YOGA CLUB AT LSU AND THAT HAS FLOURISHED VERY NICELY FOR MANY YEARS.

WE, UH, HAVE DISTRIBUTED BOOKS AND OCCASIONALLY, UH, CHANTED, UH, ON THE UNIVERSITY OF LSU.

WE'VE GIVEN, UH, CLASSES AT SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY, UH, AS WELL AS OTHER UNIVERSITIES AROUND THE, UH, GULF COAST.

UH, AND WE WOULD, WE WOULD CERTAINLY LIKE TO MAKE A HOME HERE.

UH, SINCE WE, UH, DURING THE PANDEMIC, WE CLOSED A LITTLE CENTER.

WE HAD, AND MR. HALDER, UH, THE PERSON WHO WOULD BE RUNNING OUT OUR PLACE OF WORSHIP HERE IN BATON ROUGE, HE'S BEEN DOING THESE FUNCTIONS AT HIS HOUSE, BUT, YOU KNOW, HE CAN'T CONTINUE JUST DOING IT AT THE HOUSE.

WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE OUR OWN PLACE TO EXPAND OUR FOOD DISTRIBUTION PROGRAMS. WE, WE DO DISTRIBUTE FOOD AT UNIVERSITIES.

UM, VERY FAMOUS FOR DOING THAT IN GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA AND OTHER PLACES AROUND THE COUNTRY.

WE WOULD HOPE TO DO THE SAME AT LSU AS WELL AS TO, UH, UM, PEOPLE THAT MAY BE, UH, UM, MORE NEEDFUL THAN EVEN STUDENTS AS WELL AS OTHER PEOPLE.

SINCE IT IS SANCTIFIED FOOD, IT'S NOT THAT THIS FOOD IS JUST FOR THE HUNGRY, BUT IT'S FOR, UM, THE WELLBEING OF, OF ANY LADY OR GENTLEMAN.

UH, DR.

MOHAN HERE, HE SENT A LETTER TO THE COUNCIL.

I DON'T THINK I COULD ARTICULATE ANY POINTS THAT WERE NOT IN THAT LETTER, SO I WOULD HOPE EVERYBODY HAD READ IT AND I'D LIKE TO ASK HIM TO, UH, SAY SOMETHING CONCERNING THAT.

AND IF YOU COULD BOTH STATE YOUR FULL NAMES FOR THE RECORD.

OH, MY NAME IS JOHN BERG, BERG.

THANK YOU.

UH, WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO STABLISH JO FOR MANY YEARS.

HE CAN VOUCH ME THAT THAT WAS 1979.

WE TRIED IT, UH, LONG TIME AGO, LONG TIME AGO, BUT IT DIDN'T HAPPEN.

BUT APPROVAL.

HE CAME HERE AND HE STARTED THIS PROCESS AND IS GOING VERY WELL BECAUSE WHAT ARE THE PURPOSE OF THIS YOGA CENTER? I MEAN, TODAY THE YOUTHS ARE BEWILDER BY THE SOCIETY'S SITUATION.

INTERNET, DRINKING, INTOXICATION, ILLICIT SEX, ALL OF THIS PROBLEM.

SO THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING.

SO ACTUALLY THERE'S AN AVENUE FOR THE YOUTH TO GET INVOLVED, HOW THEY CAN CONTROL THEIR MIND BY MEDITATION, YOGA, AND THE OGA SYSTEM IS STARTED 5,000 YEARS BEFORE BY VEDIC CULTURE.

AND IT HAS BEEN PROVED EVERYWHERE THROUGHOUT THE WORLD THAT IT WORKS.

IF THEY CAN CONTROL THEIR MIND, WHAT IS GOOD FOR THEM OR WHAT IS NOT GOOD FOR THEM, THEY'LL BE BETTER CITIZEN AND THEY'LL BE HELPFUL FOR THE SOCIETY.

OF COURSE, I'M EMPHASIZING ON THE STUDENTS, LSU, SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY, BATONS COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

THEY ARE WELCOME.

AND IN FACT, THE STUDENTS ARE BENEFITED.

2018, WHEN IT STARTED EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THIS LAND, 54, 54 HIGHLAND ROAD IN AN APARTMENT, THE STUDENTS STARTED IT AND IT WENT VERY WELL FOR TWO YEARS.

AND NOBODY COMPLAINED ABOUT THAT BECAUSE WE DON'T MAKE ANY NOISE.

IT IS INSIDE THE HOUSE, PRAYER, MEDITATION, UH, RELAXATION, REJUVENATION.

SO HOW TO CONTROL YOUR MIND.

THAT IS THE PURPOSE.

SO IF THE STUDENTS DO THAT, THEY WILL DO BETTER IN THEIR SCHOOL WORK AND COLLEGE WORK.

AND IN FACT, THOSE STUDENTS WHO STARTED, THEY GOT MASTER'S IN PHD AND THEN FIND JOB AND THEY LEFT HERE.

AND , WHO WAS OUR GUIDE, HE IS BEEN INVOLVED WITH THIS INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS FOR 38 YEARS.

AND HE HAS BEEN THE DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR OR DIRECTOR OF THE SCON CENTER IN NEW ORLEANS.

SO SHE, HE'S OUR GUIDE.

SO, SO WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO IN THIS CENTER, AND HIS DAUGHTER ALREADY STARTED THE, UH, BOOK, THE YOGA CENTER AT LSU EVERY SEMESTER.

THEY MEET ONCE IN A WEEK AND DISCUSS AND PRAY, AND THEY GET GUIDE GUIDANCE ABOUT IT.

THEN THEY FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT.

SO THAT'S WHAT I'M TRYING TO DO.

I DON'T KNOW.

UH, WE APPRECIATE YOUR OPPOSITION, BUT EXPLAIN TO YOU IF YOUR OPPOSITION TELL US VERY CLEARLY, WE CAN EXPLAIN TO YOU THIS WILL BE GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE WE DON'T MAKE ANY NOISE OPPOSITE TO OUR PLACE IS THE PITY HOUSE.

AND I HEARD THAT THEY MAKE SOME

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NOISES AND ET CETERA, BUT WE DON'T MAKE ANY NOISE.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS PLACE IS TO INSIDE THE ROOM WILL BE PRAYING AND MEDITATING, THAT'S ALL.

AND THEN OUTSIDE WE'LL HAVE A GARDEN.

THEY CAN RELAX AND ALSO MEDITATE.

THAT'S THE PURPOSE.

ISN'T THAT MAKE, WE ARE NOT MAKING ANY PUBLIC NUISANCE.

THAT'S NOT THE POINT.

OTHERWISE.

SEE THIS, UH, MOVEMENT STARTED BY BAN A DEVOTE OF, UH, LORD KRISHNA.

AND HE HAS CAME TO THE UNITED STATES, 1965 AND 66, HE REGISTERED THIS HIS CON INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF KRISHNA CANCER.

AND HE THOUGHT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DRUG ADDICT, ALCOHOL INTOXICATED IN NEW YORK CITY, NOBODY TOOK CARE OF THEM.

BUT UBA SAID, WELL, I CAN DO THAT WITH MY PRAYER CHANTING HA MANTRA.

AND HE DID IT.

SO THOSE PEOPLE CAME TO HIS PRAYER AND EVERYTHING.

HE WENT TO THE PARK AND WEED AND CHANTED HA MANTRA.

THEY JOINED IT.

AND THEN ULTIMATELY THEY BECOME A DISCIPLE.

AND THEY BUILT A, UH, TEMPLE IN NEW YORK AND THEN TO SAN FRANCISCO, THE LOS ANGELES, AND THEN BOSTON.

NOW IN THE UNITED STATES, WE HAVE 54 TEMPLE AND CENTERS HERE.

WE WENT TO A CENTER.

WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT TEMPLE, JUST A CENTER IN THE WHOLE WORLD.

THERE ARE 800 TEMPLES AND CENTERS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

AND THE MAIN THING, FOUR THINGS THAT WE TEACH THEM THAT DON'T GET INTOXICATED, DON'T GAMBLE, AND, UH, DON'T HAVE I SIX SEX AND BE VEGETARIAN.

WHAT IS THE OTHER THING? I FORGOT.

THAT'S IT.

THAT'S IT.

SO THAT IS THE MAIN THING.

AND IN FACT, THE TWO DAYS, YOUTH AND ADULT, ALL OF THEM TRYING TO GET INVOLVED INTO VEGETARIAN FOOD, BECAUSE THERE'S GOOD FOR THE HEALTH.

YOU CAN EAT A LOT OF MEAT, YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHY YOU GET A LOT OF CANCERS AND OTHER DISEASES.

SO VEGETARIAN FOOD HELPS QUITE A BIT.

SO THAT IS OUR PURPOSE.

UH, AND ALSO IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD, WE WENT TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD TO TALK TO THEM.

UH, IN THE MAP, IT SHOWS THAT THE, THIS IS THE, OUR AREA THAT WE ARE THINKING ABOUT.

TWO PLOT, ONE ACRE OF LAND.

WE HAVE A WATER TOWER HERE AND A, UM, A WATER TOWER NEXT TO THE WATER TOWER.

THERE'S COMPLETELY BAD ON THAT.

YOU CAN SEE THE PICTURE IN YOUR SCREEN.

YOU SAW IT.

NOBODY BOUGHT THE LAND.

WE ARE GONNA DEVELOP THE LAND AND HAVE A, HAVE A NICE PLACE FOR MEDITATION AND RELAXATION AND PREACHING.

THAT'S ALL.

AND THERE ARE A LOT OF BENEFITS THAT WE, I GAVE YOU IN MY LETTER, I THINK YOU HAVE THE LETTER I SENT YOU SOME OF THE COUNCIL MA'AM, COMMISSION MEMBER .

I THINK THAT'S GOOD EXPLANATION.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION, UH, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK.

WE ARE NOT MAKING ANY NONSENSE OR HERE NO PUBLIC NUISANCE.

IT'LL BE HELPFUL THAT WHEN THE LAND IS DEVELOPED, PROPERTY PRICES WILL GO UP.

THAT'S FOR SURE.

PEOPLE APPRECIATE THAT AREA.

IT IS A JUNGLE THERE.

AND THEN NOBODY CARED FOR IT.

EVEN THE OWNER DIDN'T CARE FOR IT.

SO WE WANT TO UPDATE THAT AREA AND DEVELOP THE CENTER.

SO I NEED YOUR HELP AND APPROVAL.

SO IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, UH, IT IS A COMPOSITE NEIGHBORHOOD ANYWAY.

WE HAVE A BANK HERE.

AND THEN, UH, THIS IS THE PLACE, UH, WE HAD THE, UH, STUDENTS STARTED THE PRAYER CENTER IN THIS PLACE NEXT TO IT.

AND NOBODY COMPLAINED FOR LAST TWO YEARS, 2018 TO 20.

AND ON THIS SIDE WE HAVE BANK, UH, AND THEY HAVE A GAS STATION AND ANOTHER BANK.

SO IT'S MOSTLY THE COMPOSITE, UH, NEIGHBORHOOD.

ANYWAY.

THANK YOU SIR.

AND COULD YOU PLEASE STATE YOUR FULL NAME FOR THE RECORD? UH, I'M DR.

MADAN MAHAN.

KDU.

THANK YOU.

WE HAVE SEVERAL.

DOES THAT CONCLUDE YOUR, YOUR PRESENTATION, SIR? A BEG? PARDON? WERE YOU, WERE YOU FINISHED? WERE YOU COMPLETE? YES, I'M FINISHED.

OKAY.

UNLESS YOU CAN HAVE SEAT.

WE HAVE SEVERAL OTHER, UH, SPEAKER CARDS.

OKAY.

AND WE'LL BE CALLING UP.

THANK, THANK YOU.

WE HAVE SEVERAL, UH, SPEAKER CARDS THAT ARE IN FAVOR.

I'LL BE CALLING THOSE NAMES TO THE PODIUM AT THIS TIME.

I BELIEVE THIS FIRST CARD IS FOR, IS THIS DON MILLER? MR. MILLER, YOU'RE ON THE FLOOR FOR THREE MINUTES.

THANK YOU.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

IT'S DON NEW MILLER.

ACTUALLY, MY APOLOGIES.

THANK YOU.

UM, VERY HAPPY TO BE HERE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I'VE, UM, BEEN A PRACTITIONER OF THIS BHATI YOGA THAT WE'RE DISCUSSING FOR A LITTLE OVER 45 YEARS.

I'VE HAD A SMALL BUSINESS THAT MY

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WIFE AND I OPERATE FOR A LITTLE OVER 20 YEARS.

AND I'M HAPPY TO SAY THAT I'M A FULL-TIME STUDENT AT LSU TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE GREAT STATE OF LOUISIANA'S PROGRAM TO OFFER FREE TUITION TO ANYONE 65 YEARS AND OLDER.

SO I'M REALLY GRATEFUL TO LOUISIANA FOR THAT.

BUT ASIDE FROM THAT, I WOULD, UH, BUT THEY TOUCHED ON MANY POINTS.

JUST WANTED TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE POSITIVE ASPECTS THAT I'VE EXPERIENCED.

ONE OF THE PRIMARY TEACHINGS OF THIS SYSTEM OF BAKI YOGA IS THAT WE ARE ALL SPIRITUAL BEINGS.

WE ARE NOT BOUND BY THESE, BY WHAT WE LOOK LIKE, EITHER MEN OR WOMEN, BLACK OR WHITE OR ASIAN OR ANYTHING.

THESE ARE ALL MINOR DESIGNATIONS.

A REAL DESIGNATION IS AS A SPIRITUAL BEING.

SO THE TEACHINGS THAT WE'LL BE, UH, WE WILL BE DEALING WITH AND PRESENTING AT THIS PROPERTY IS HELPING TO CREATE A HARMONY IN SOCIETY THAT WE CAN ALL GET ALONG.

THAT WE DON'T HAVE AS MANY DIFFERENCES AS SOMETIMES PEOPLE THINK WE HAVE.

WE ALL HAVE THAT SAME SPIRITUAL NATURE.

AND IN ADDITION TO THAT, THERE'LL BE PRESENTING, UH, COOKING CLASSES, TEACHING.

I'M SURE ALL OF YOU HAVE HEARD AT DIFFERENT TIMES ABOUT MEATLESS MONDAY, TRY TO CUT DOWN ON GREENHOUSE EMISSIONS, LESS MEAT.

WELL, WE DO THAT EVERY DAY, BUT WE'RE NOT EXPECTING EVERYONE ELSE TO DO THAT.

BUT AS MUCH AS ANYONE COULD INCORPORATE THAT IN THEIR LIFE, IT IS FOUND TO BE GOOD FOR THE PLANET, CUT DOWN ON MEAT, EATING MORE VEGETABLES, GRAINS.

SO WE WOULD BE REGULARLY TEACHING COOKING CLASSES ON THAT AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT.

SO THAT'S ABOUT, UH, I DON'T WANNA DRAG IT OUT BY REITERATING ANYTHING THEY SAID.

WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING US TO SPEAK.

BUT OUR PRIMARY DUTY THAT WE HAVE IS TO SHARE THIS KNOWLEDGE WITH EVERYONE THAT WE'RE ALL INDIVIDUALLY SERVANTS OF GOD.

AND WE WOULD BE WORKING WITH COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND WITH, UH, UH, COMPARATIVE RELIGION DISCUSSION WITH DISCUSSION WITH OTHER RELIGIONS.

HOW WE CAN ALL FIND A HARMONY WITHIN THIS WORLD, HOW WE CAN ALL WORK TOGETHER.

OKAY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT CARD IS FOR SKAR HOLDER DOOR.

HELLO EVERYONE.

GOOD EVENING.

UH, ALL THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALLOW ME TO SPEAK.

COUPLE OF MINUTES, UH, REGARDING THE OPENING THE BOOK, THE YOGA CENTER ON 54 54 HIGHLAND ROAD.

I HAVE BEEN SERVING THIS MOMENT, UH, LAST, UH, 38 YEARS.

AND I HAVE BEEN SERVING IN NEW ORLEANS AS A DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL LIFE.

THE COMMUNITY, UH, RELATIONSHIP.

AND SAME THING WE WANT TO OPEN HERE.

I HAVE BEEN SERVING HERE LAST EIGHT YEARS WITH MY DAUGHTERS.

MY ONE DAUGHTER IS ARCHITECT, ANOTHER IS GOING TO MEDICAL SCHOOL.

BOTH OF THEM ARE HELPING TO COMMUNITY STUDENTS AND, UM, OTHER MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY.

I CAN GET THE PEACE AND HARMONY WITH THE BHATI.

YOGA MEANS WE IN BIBLE CELLS ALSO, WE ARE NOT, WE ARE SPIRITUAL.

AND SAME THING, I I HAVE BEEN FUNDING IN OUR BODE WISDOM IN BOGO GITA THAT ACTUALLY OUR SPATH WITH THE FOUNDER OF THE SOCIETY ALL OVER THE WORLD.

AND WE ARE, WE ARE ONE OF THE REPRESENTATIVE I AM OF THE INSTRUMENT TO HELPING COOKING, GARDENING, AND GIVING THE BOYS THE WISDOM THAT OUR SENIOR MEMBERS ALREADY MENTIONED.

SO IF YOU ALLOW US TO HELP THAT SOCIETY IN THIS COMMUNITY, THEN MY WHOLE FAMILY CAN INVOLVE TO SERVE BECAUSE I AM ALREADY RETIRED FROM MY COLLEAGUES.

SO I LIKE TO DEDICATE MYSELF SELFLESS SERVICE TO THE SOCIETY.

I'M NOT TAKING ANY, UM, UM, SALARY BECAUSE I DON'T NEED, I NEED LIMITED THINGS MY DAUGHTER IS PROVIDING.

SO I, AND I'M GETTING A LOT OF SUPPORT FROM AMERICAN INDIAN, ALL OF ALL THE COMMUNITIES ALREADY.

I TALKED TO DIFFERENT, UH, SHELTER ALSO IN DOWNTOWN IN THE BATERS.

SO GIVING OUR BO WISDOM AND THEY ARE CHANGING THEIR LIFE, GIVING UP THE DRUGS AND ALCOHOL, AND THEY'RE ASKING ME TO GIVE THE ED FOOD.

AH, SO ALL THE TIME, IF YOU COME NEW ORLEANS, YOU WILL SEE MORE THAN A HUNDRED PEOPLE COME EVERY SUNDAY.

I AM IN SOURCE OF THE COOKING AND PEOPLE LOVE OUR FOOD OR OUR LITERATURE, OUR AUSTERITY, OUR UM, REGULATIVE LIVES THAT WE LIKE TO PRESENT.

SO IF YOU ALLOW US,

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IT'LL BE VERY HELPFUL FOR THE COMMUNITY AND I'LL GET SATISFACTION.

BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU.

I BELIEVE THE REMAINDER OF THESE CARDS HAVE, UH, A COMMENT.

UH, SO I'LL BE ASKING WHETHER OR NOT YOU STILL INTEND TO SPEAK.

UH, WILLIAM TAYLOR.

MARKS IF NEEDED.

OKAY, NEXT CARD.

UH, PLEASE FORGIVE ME IF I MISPRONOUNCED THIS, UH, BALAJI ANJANA.

HELLO? HI.

UH, HELLO EVERYONE.

MY NAME IS BALAJI ANJANA.

I DID YOU.

SO I'M, I'M A STUDENT IN LSU.

SO, UH, I'M, I'M, UH, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE BTI YOGA CENTER, WHICH IS HAPPENING EVERY, UH, WITNESS DAY.

SO, UH, SO I, I JOINED THIS, UH, CLUB RECENTLY AFTER COMING TO LSU.

SO I'M GOING TO, UH, TELL THE EXPERIENCE.

SO I STARTED LEARNING ABOUT MORE ABOUT ETHICS, MORALS, AND, UH, RESPECT, ESPECIALLY, UH, TO THE ELDERS AND TO OUR PARENTS.

SO THE CENTER HAS BEEN TEACHING THIS AND IT'S BEEN A GAME CHANGER FOR ME.

AND ALSO I WANT TO STUDY, UH, GIVE A QUOTE THAT IS GIVEN BY DANIEL GOLDMAN.

HE'S A PHD HOLDER.

THE ABILITY TO HANDLE STRESS INCREASES WITH THE PRACTICE OF MEDITATION IN A CULTURE LIKE OURS, IN WHICH INNER SPATIAL GROWTH IS TOTALLY NEGLECTED IN FAVOR OF ME MATERIALISTIC PURSUITS.

WE MIGHT HAVE SOMETHING TO LEARN FROM THE HA KRISH BODIES, UH, MEDI MEDITATION PRACTICES.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.

THANK YOU SIR.

HAVE A GOOD DAY.

OUR NEXT CALL IS FOR LEE SEGERS.

HELLO EVERYONE.

MY NAME IS LEE SEGERS.

UH, THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK A COUPLE MINUTES.

AND I HAVE BEEN, UH, PRACTICING BTI YOGA, UH, FOR NEARLY 10 YEARS.

AND I HAVE BEEN ASSISTING, UH, MR. SANKER TO SUPPORTING THE BUCK YOGA CLUB IN LSU.

AND I'M HERE.

I JUST WANNA SPEAK ON THE POINT OF, UH, BEING A MOM OF HAVE A CHILD THAT GOING TO COLLEGE.

MY DAUGHTER'S, UH, SECOND YEAR COLLEGE AND I HAVE ANOTHER ONE IS GOING TO COLLEGE THIS YEAR.

SO I JUST WANT TO, YOU KNOW, OF COURSE PEOPLE HERE PROBABLY HAVE SAME EXPERIENCE.

AND THE CHILDREN THESE DAYS ARE VERY BEWILDERING BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE PROPER GUIDANCE AND THEY DON'T, THEY LACK OF SPIRITUAL PRACTICE.

SO FROM THIS PRACTICE, I REALLY BENEFIT FROM MYSELF AND MY FAMILY AND I WANNA DO THAT TO HELP OTHERS AS WELL.

YOU KNOW, AND I'M ALSO A CERTIFIED AT MY YOGA TEACHER INSTRUCTOR.

SO IF THIS CENTER IS BUILT, AND I DEFINITELY CAN PARTICIPATE AND OFFER ANY HELP THAT I CAN PROVIDE.

SO THIS IS JUST A FEW CENTS.

I WANNA GIVE IT TO EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OUR NEXT COURT IS FOR DAN RE.

HELLO, I, UH, I'VE BEEN IN THE MOVEMENT SINCE, UH, 19 75, 49 YEARS.

THIS IS A PICTURE OF OUR FOUNDER.

I DUNNO IF YOU CAN SEE VERY WELL.

I HAVE ONE QUICK STORY THAT, UH, ONE MAN, HE WAS VERY UPSET THAT HIS DAUGHTER HAD JOINED THE HARI KRISHNAS WE'RE TALKING IN THE LATE SEVENTIES, EARLY EIGHTIES.

HE WAS VERY ANGRY AND HE'D COME VERY DISTURBED TO THE TEMPLE AND RANT AND RAVE BECAUSE HIS DAUGHTER HAD JOINED FULL TIME.

AND SOMEHOW OR OTHER IN THOSE DAYS, SOMETIMES SOME OF US IN THE AIRPORTS WERE INCOGNITO, NOT WITH A FULL, UH, MONK.

GARB LOOKED LIKE YOU ALL.

AND, UH, THE MAN GOT ONE BOOK FROM ONE OF US.

THIS IS A CONDENSED VERSION OF A SIX VOLUME SET.

IT'S, UH, A BIOGRAPHY OF OUR FOUNDER, BUPA.

AND THIS BOOK THEN WAS CALLED, UH, BUPA.

UH, HE BUILT A HOUSE IN WHICH THE WHOLE WORLD CAN LIVE.

AND SO SOMEHOW THIS MAN GOT THIS BOOK AND HE READ THE WHOLE BOOK AND HE ACTUALLY BECAME SO AFFECTED.

HE CAME TO THE TEMPLE AND HE HAD TEARS IN HIS EYE.

HE WAS CRYING AND HE SAID, PLEASE FORGIVE ME.

PLEASE FORGIVE ME.

HE SAID, I DID NOT KNOW HOW GREAT THIS MAN WAS AND HOW MANY SACRIFICES HE MADE TO BRING THIS ANCIENT KNOWLEDGE TO THE WESTERN WORLD.

AND FOR THOSE OF YOU INTERESTED, IF YOU NEED AFTERWARDS, I HAVE A MOVIE THAT MY FRIEND MADE THAT WENT TO 38 COUNTRIES, AMAZON PRIME.

NOW VERY HIGH REVIEWS WAS ON ALL THE BIG THEATERS IN NORTH AMERICA IN 2017 WHEN PROP POD WAS ASKED BY SOME OF HIS, UH, UH, AT A MEETING WHEN PROPERTIES GIVE ME ANY LECTURES.

AND AT A MEETING SOMEONE SAID, CAN YOU PERFORM A MIRACLE IN INDIA? EVERYBODY KNOWS SOMETIMES THERE'S THESE YOGIS OR MYSTIC YOGIS THAT CAN PRODUCE SOME,

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UH, GOLD FROM ASH, YOU KNOW, SOME LITTLE MIRACLE LIKE THIS.

AND THEY SAID, WHAT PROP POD CAN YOU DO? YOU, HAVE YOU MADE ANY MIRACLES? AND PROPHET, YES, PROPHET SAID, I CAME TO YOUR COUNTRY AND YOUR GOVERNMENT HAD TRIED FOR MANY YEARS UNSUCCESSFULLY TO GET DRUG ADDICTED HIPPIES TO GIVE UP THEIR INTOXICATION.

AND I CAME AND I TOLD THEM TO BE A FOLLOWER, UH, IN THIS MOVEMENT, THEN YOU HAVE TO GIVE UP INTOXICATION.

HE SAID THAT NOW THERE'S 5,000 YOUNG DRUG ADDICTED HIPPIES THAT HAVE GIVEN UP INTOXICATION.

THEY LIVE A CLEAN LIFE AND NO ILLICIT SEX, NO INTOXICATION, NO GAMBLING.

THESE ARE RULES PROP, BUT ESTABLISHED FOR FOLLOWING IN HIS CENTERS.

UH, AND HE SAID, AND FORMERLY YOUNG PEOPLE THAT WERE NOT INTERESTED IN GOD, NOW THEY'RE MAD AFTER GOD LIKE THAT 'CAUSE THEY WERE FRUSTRATED.

A LOT OF KIDS GROWING UP IN MAINSTREAM WESTERN RELIGIOUS FAMILIES.

AND SOME OF THE ANSWERS THEY WANTED, THEY WEREN'T BEING GIVEN BY THEIR, THEIR, UH, LEADERS.

SO, UM, MAYBE ONE MORE POINT.

LET'S SEE.

UH, I'M THE ONE THAT, UH, WAS TELLING, UH, MY COMPATRIOTS HERE, UH, HOW I WAS THERE FOR THE FIRST ONE IN LOS ANGELES.

AND, UH, LA RA RA MEANS THE FESTIVAL OF THE CHARIOTS.

AND UH, NOW WE'VE DONE IT FOR, I'M ALMOST 40 YEARS, BUT I WAS AT THE FIRST 13 OF THEM.

OKAY.

AND ONE POLICE CHIEF.

THANK YOU SIR.

YOUR, YOUR TIME IS UP.

OKAY, THERE YOU OKAY? THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, THANK YOU.

SORRY I RAN OVERTIME, EVERYBODY.

NOT A PROBLEM.

THANK YOU.

WE HAVE TWO ADDITIONAL SPEAKER COURTS THAT ARE IN FAVOR BUT HAVE INDICATED THEY DO NOT WISH TO SPEAK.

THOSE ARE FOR TUM ROY AND MISERY NEW MILLER.

AS WE DO NOT HAVE ANY OBJECTIONS, WE WILL NOT NEED A REBUTTAL.

AND SO I WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING AND INVITE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS FROM THE COMMISSION.

VICE CHAIRMAN GRUP, MR. DIRECTOR, THEY ARE ASKING FOR A 3.1.

IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN, THERE IS A PROPERTY JUST DOWN HIGHLAND ROAD WHERE WE RECENTLY REMOVED A 3.1 TO NEIGHBORHOOD OFFICE BECAUSE OF WHAT OPTIONS ARE ALLOWED UNDER A 3.1.

IS THAT CORRECT? THAT'S CORRECT.

VICE CHAIRMAN, WE HAD A, UH, CASE THAT'S POINTED OUT ON THE CASE HISTORY ON THE STAFF REPORT IN THE IMMEDIATE AREA.

I BELIEVE THE, UH, THE ITEM WAS CASE 2 24.

IT'S THE FIRST BULLET POINT ON PAGE TWO OF THE STAFF REPORT ON THE, THE ZONING REPORT PROPERTY WAS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF HIGHLAND ROAD, AGAIN, IN THE, THE VERY IMMEDIATE AREA.

AND IT WAS DOWN ZONE FROM A 3.12 NEIGHBORHOOD TO OFFICE BECAUSE OF CONCERNS ON THE EXISTING ZONING AND WHAT IT WOULD ALLOW.

AND IF I'M ALSO CORRECT, THIS IS A ONE AS A, UH, WORSHIP CENTER, THEY COULD HAVE APPLIED FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT UNDER A ONE WITHOUT ANY CHANGE TO, UH, ZONING OR FUTURE LAND USE.

IS THAT CORRECT? THAT'S CORRECT.

VICE CHAIRMAN, THIS PROPERTY IS DESIGNATED ON FUTURE BR AS RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD AND ZONE SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL.

UM, WHEN THE APPLICANT CONTACTED OUR OFFICE, UM, THERE WAS DISCUSSION ON OPTIONS MOVING FORWARD.

UM, PLANNING STAFF DID, DID EXPLAIN THAT THE CURRENT ZONING A ONE SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL DOES ALLOW RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION USES.

AND THAT'S, THAT'S WHAT'S BEING PROPOSED.

WE CLASSIFY IT, UM, AS DESCRIBED AS, AS UNDER THE CATEGORY OF RELIGIOUS INSTITUTION USES, THAT USES A PERMITTED USE IN A ONE SO LONG AS YOU APPLY AND ARE GRANTED A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT.

SO THERE WAS ANOTHER OPTION TO MOVE FORWARD, UH, AND, AND ASK FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT.

HOWEVER, THE, THE ITEMS BEING CONSIDERED TONIGHT WERE THE OTHER OPTION.

AND THAT, UH, THAT WAS EXPLAINED TO THE APPLICANT IN, IN THIS REZONING CATEGORY THAT THEY'RE ASKING FOR.

A 3.1 IS NAMED LIMITED RESIDENTIAL.

IT'S PRIMARILY OUR MULTIFAMILY ZONING DISTRICT.

WHICH MUCH OF, UH, THE STUDENT HOUSING, EXISTING STUDENT HOUSING SURROUNDING LSU IS IS ZONED A SIMILAR ZONING CATEGORY.

SO IT WOULD ALLOW MULTIFAMILY BY, RIGHT.

UH, AND THIS IS THE FIRST ZONING DISTRICT THAT ALLOWS RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONAL USES BY RIGHT WITHOUT A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT.

AND, UM, THIS INFORMATION WAS GIVEN TO THE APPLICANT AND THE APPLICANT CHOSE TO PROCEED WITH THE PLAN AMENDMENT AND ASKING FOR THE REZONING INSTEAD.

AND, AND I WANNA MAKE SURE THE APPLICANT CLEARLY UNDERSTANDS IN THIS REZONING,

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WE'RE NOT REZONING FOR YOUR WORSHIP SPACE.

WE'RE REZONING THIS LAND TO A THREE ONE, WHICH ALLOWS ALL THESE OPTIONS.

SO IF YOUR WORSHIP SPACE IS HERE UNDER A THREE, ONE IN 20 YEARS, YOU WANT TO, UH, YOU WANT TO EX YOU KNOW, YOU, YOU'VE OUTGROWN THIS FACILITY AND YOU WISH TO EXPAND, THEN THIS PROPERTY IS NOW HAS THE ABILITY TO BE MULTI-FAMILY, A BOARDING HOUSE, LODGING HOUSE, FRATERNITY HOUSE, MULTIFAMILY WITH 11.5 UNITS ON THIS PROPERTY.

TWO FAMILY, UH, EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION, PHILANTHROPIC ORGANIZATION, WHICH NEITHER OF THOSE ARE, ARE AN ISSUE.

UM, AND A CHILD DAYCARE, WHICH ALSO WOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE.

BUT, AND IT'S NOT AN ISSUE AS TO WHAT YOU WISH TO DO WITH THIS PROPERTY.

FOR ME, MY CONCERN IS THIS IS GOING TO A 3.1, WHICH WOULD ALLOW THESE OTHER USES.

UM, YOU KNOW, IF YOU HAD COME BACK WITH SAY A PUD OR AN ICE BUD AND SAID THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT TO DO, THAT'S FINE.

IF YOU HAD GONE WITH A CUP, I MEAN, THE FACT THAT THERE'S NO OPPOSITION HERE ON HIGHLAND ROAD, UM, YOU PROBABLY WOULD'VE SAILED THROUGH HERE TODAY AND NOT HAD THE, THE RECOMMEND DENIAL FROM STAFF.

AND I THINK THE REASON THAT THAT HAS HAPPENED IS BECAUSE OF THE OTHER USES THIS WOULD ALLOW IN PERPETUITY, BECAUSE WE'RE NOT REZONING FOR YOU, WE'RE REZONING THE PROPERTY, WHICH THAT ZONING WOULD CONTINUE ON AFTERWARDS.

UM, I IT, THIS BEING A GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY IS NOT THE ISSUE HERE SPECIFICALLY.

IT'S A MATTER OF WHAT THE ZONING IS.

AND, YOU KNOW, IF YOU'D COME BACK HERE WITH A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT REQUEST, I WOULDN'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS.

UM, I HAVE, I HAVE BEEN TO THE, UH, TO THE, TO THE, UH, THE KRISHNA HOUSE IN NEW ORLEANS ON ESPLANADE AVENUE.

I GREW UP IN NEW ORLEANS, SO I'M NOT UNFAMILIAR.

AND, UH, YES, I I DO LIKE VEGETARIAN FOOD.

UM, BUT THIS IS NOT ABOUT A SPECIFIC, THIS IS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE LAND GOING FORWARD.

AND IF THIS WERE CONDITIONAL USE, I WOULD BE, I WOULD BE RECOMMENDING THIS FOR APPROVAL.

UNFORTUNATELY, WHEN THIS DOES COME WITH OTHER COMMISSIONERS HAVING STATED THEIR PIECE, I UNFORTUNATELY AM GONNA HAVE TO VOTE TO DENY AT THIS POINT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

VICE CHAIRMAN CRO, VICE CHAIRMAN GROUT, UH, ADDITIONAL COMMENTS FROM THE COMMISSION.

COMMISSIONER ADDISON, I CAN'T TELL IF YOU'RE, YOU'RE, YOU'RE GEARING UP TO SAY SOMETHING OR NOT.

I'M GONNA ASSUME YOU ARE.

I, UH, MR. CHAIRMAN, THANK YOU FOR THAT.

UM, RYAN, I WANT TO ASK A QUESTION 'CAUSE I TOO, AS, UM, COMMISSIONER GRO HAS SOME CONCERNS ABOUT TAKING US BACK TO A 3.1.

UM, AND YOU TOO HAD EXPLAINED TO THE APPLICANTS THAT THEY CAN POSSIBLY BRING IT AS A CUP AND THEY, THEY KIND OF DENIED OR WANTED TO GO THE OTHER DIRECTION.

UM, IS IT POSSIBLE THEM TO AMEND THAT TO A CUP? IS THAT OUT OF THE CATEGORY NOW THAT YOU'VE ALREADY PAID THE APPLICATION AT THIS STAGE? SO AT THIS POINT THERE, THERE WOULD NOT BE AN, AN OPTION TO CAPTURE A, A REFUND.

UM, MUCH OF THE STAFF WORK THAT'S ALREADY BEEN DONE, THE ADVERTISEMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN PAID, UM, AND EXPENSES, SO ON AND SO FORTH, UM, WE'D BE HAPPY TO, UH, TALK TO THEM ABOUT A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT.

UM, I, I BELIEVE STAFF, LIKE I SAID HA HAVE ALREADY HAD THAT DISCUSSION, BUT WE'LL BE HAPPY TO REVISIT THAT.

THERE IS A LITTLE MORE, UM, DESIGN THAT'S INVOLVED ON THE FRONT END FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT.

BUT THE BENEFIT FROM THE COMMUNITY, UM, IS IS THAT THEY'RE, THEY'RE LOCKED INTO TO WHAT'S PRESENTED ON THE CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT ON HOW THEY LAY OUT THE PROPERTY, HOW IT, UH, WHERE THE PARKING IS, HOW THEY CITE THE BUILDING'S, UH, LANDSCAPE.

THAT WORK WOULD EVENTUALLY HAVE TO BE DONE ANYWAY AND APPLIED FOR, FOR PERMITS.

UM, BUT, BUT IT IS CERTAINLY AN OPTION EXPRESSED BY COUNCIL, COMMISSIONER GROUT, UH, AND OTHERS TONIGHT.

SO WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO REVISIT THAT DISCUSSION.

BUT IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE UNDER THIS APP APPLICATION TONIGHT.

WE, WE'D HAVE NO, NO MEANS OF HAVING TO MODIFY IT ONE WAY OR THE OTHER.

SO IT IS GONNA BE AN UP OR DOWN VOTE ON THIS, A 3.1.

AND THEN IF YOU DESIRE TO COME BACK, THERE'LL BE NO PROVISION STOPPING THEM FROM DOING IT IN THE FUTURE WITHIN, UH, WITH THE FUTURE CUP? THAT'S CORRECT.

THERE'S NO WAY TO AMEND THIS CURRENT APPLICATION.

IT WOULD HAVE TO BE, UH, VOTED UP OR DOWN OR, OR WITHDRAWN BY THE APPLICANT AT SOME POINT, UM, IF THEY CHOSE TO DO SO AND THEN SUBMIT NEW FEES AND A NEW APPLICATION IF THEY CHOOSE TO GO THE CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT

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ROUTE.

THANK YOU.

OH, FINAL, FINAL QUESTION.

IF, IF BY CHANCE THAT THIS IS DENIED, IT WOULD NOT AFFECT THEM FOR BEING ABLE TO COME BACK.

I KNOW THERE'S SOME PROVISIONS THAT STOP APPLICANT FROM BRINGING ITEMS BACK BEFORE THE COMMISSION ONCE THEY'VE BEEN DENIED.

IF THIS IS, UH, DENIED TONIGHT, WOULD THAT STOP THEM IN THE FUTURE FROM BRINGING IT BACK UP? WOULD THEY HAVE A 12 MONTH, UM, UH, PROHIBITION FROM BRINGING IT BACK AS AS A NEW APPLICANT? GOOD QUESTION.

UM, THIS WOULD BE DEEMED AS A, A NEW COMPLETELY DIFFERENT APPLICATION.

SO THAT 12 MONTH, UM, WOULD NOT APPLY TO THAT.

THANK, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UH, AGAIN, I, I HAVE SOME CONCERNS AS, UM, COMMISSIONER GRARD EXPRESSED THAT THE A 3.1 TAKES US BACK A BIT, UM, FROM WHERE WE WERE TRYING TO GO IN THAT PARTICULAR NEIGHBORHOOD AND IN THE PARISH IN GENERAL.

UH, SO FOR THAT REASON, I'M NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THE A 3.1 ITEM, BUT IN THE FUTURE, IF YOU GUYS DECIDE TO MAYBE BRING IT AS A CUP, DO THE ADDITIONAL LEVEL OF DETAILS WITH STAFF, THEN I PROBABLY CAN SUPPORT THE ITEM IN THE FUTURE, BUT NOT TONIGHT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER ADDISON, VICE CHAIR MCGRAW.

I WANNA REITERATE WHAT COMMISSIONER ADDISON SAID IF THIS WOULD, IF THIS CAME IN AS A CUP, UH, I I WOULD BE FULLY IN SUPPORT.

SO MY, MY DENIAL TONIGHT IS OVER THE 3.1, NOT OVER WHAT YOU WANT TO DO.

AND IF YOU BROUGHT THIS BACK AS A CUP, I WOULDN'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS OF COMMENTS FROM THE COMMISSIONER IF I MAY? MR. CHAIRMAN, I THANK YOU FURTHER INDULGING ME.

I THINK THE GENTLEMAN WANTS TO SAY SOMETHING.

I THINK HE'S WATCHING ONE OF 'EM WANTS TO SAY SOMETHING.

I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE HIM FOR A SECOND.

SURE.

SO ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT A ONE TO 3.1? BUT I THOUGHT THAT IT'LL BE, UH, RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD TO COMPOSITE NEIGHBORHOOD RN TO CN.

I THINK WHAT YOU'RE REFERRING TO IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO ITEMS YOU HAVE, YOU HAVE TWO ITEMS THAT ARE BEFORE US, ONE'S THE PLAN AMENDMENT AND ONE IS THE ACTUAL, UH, REQUEST FOR ZONING CHANGE.

I'LL ASK THE DIRECTOR TO QUICKLY EXPOUND ON ON THAT.

SO AGAIN, I I'M NOT SURE WHO, WHO, UH, SPOKE TO OUR STAFF.

WE HAVE MANY STAFF MEMBERS AND PROFESSIONAL PLANNERS, BUT THERE WAS SOME COMMUNICATION, MULTIPLE, UH, LINES OF COMMUNICATION EARLY ON BEFORE YOU SUBMITTED THE REZONING AND THE COMPANION PLAN AMENDMENT.

UH, THE CONCERNS TONIGHT THAT WERE STATED ON THE RECORD WERE TO RE POTENTIALLY REZONING THE PROPERTY, UM, THE MANY OTHER USES THAT WOULD BE ALLOWED BY WRIGHT IF THIS REZONING WERE GRANTED.

AND THERE'S NO MECHANISM WITH THE PROPOSED REZONING TO, TO LOCK YOU INTO JUST THE USES YOU DESCRIBED.

UH, I DIDN'T HEAR ANY CONCERNS ABOUT THE SPECIFIC USES YOU PRESENTED THAT THE BIGGER CONCERN IS THE BROAD OTHER USES THAT ARE ALLOWED BY RIGHTS SUCH AS APARTMENTS.

UH, MULTIFAMILY, NO, WE, WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT FAMILY RESIDENCE THERE AT ALL.

IT'S MOSTLY WILL BE THE AREA THAT WILL BE PREACHING, SIR.

AND OF COURSE WHEN THE MONK WILL STAY THERE.

SIR, THAT'S NOT A MULTIFAMILY SIR SITUATION AT ALL.

IF I MAY TRY TO SIMPLIFY THE, THE ISSUE THAT THE ISSUES THAT HAVE BEEN EXPRESSED BY THE COMMISSIONER ARE NOT WHAT YOU INTEND TO DO WITH THE PROPERTY IS WHAT YOU COULD DO IF WE WERE TO APPROVE THIS BECAUSE YOU WOULD NOT BE LOCKED INTO YOUR SPECIFIC PURPOSE.

WHAT YOU, IF WE WERE TO CHANGE THE ZONING, IT WOULD ALLOW YOU TO DO THINGS THAT YOU STATED YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO INTENTION OF DOING.

BUT ONCE WE REZONE IT, WE WOULD HAVE NO WAY OF STOPPING YOU FROM DOING IT.

AND SO THAT'S WHY WE HAVE CONCERN WITH ALLOWING YOU TO DO THAT.

WHEREAS THE CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT THAT WAS RECOMMENDED PREVIOUSLY WOULD ALLOW YOU TO SUBMIT A PLAN TO DO SOMETHING VERY SPECIFIC AND THAT WOULD ALLEVIATE THE CONCERNS OF THE, THE COMMISSIONERS THAT HAVE SPOKEN TODAY.

OKAY? IN FACT, WE SUBMITTED CONDITIONAL USE OF THE PROPERTY.

WE DID THAT BEFORE, BUT WE WERE ADVISED TO DO THIS RRN TWO CN, THE CN MEANS 3.1 FOR NO, NO STEP.

STEPH GAVE YOU TWO OPTIONS AND THIS WAS THE OPTION THAT THAT, THAT YOU PROCEEDED TO GO WITH.

THE OTHER OPTION IS, IS A VERY DIFFERENT ROUTE.

YOU WOULD'VE TO HIRE A DESIGN PROFESSIONAL, PUT TOGETHER A SET OF PLANS, AND THAT WOULD BE SUBMITTED AS A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT.

IT'S ESSENTIALLY A SITE PLAN LOCKING YOU INTO A VERY SPECIFIC LAYOUT OF THE PROPERTY WITH VERY SPECIFIC USES.

WHEREAS THIS PROPOSAL HAS VERY BROAD USES, UH, THAT'S TIED TO IT WELL BEYOND WHAT YOU'VE DESCRIBED.

WELL, WE HAVE THAT PLAN ALSO.

OKAY.

YOU'VE NOT, YOU'VE NOT SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION FOR THAT PLAN SPECIFICALLY FOLLOWING THIS PUBLIC HEARING.

YOU CAN GET WITH A MEMBER OF THE STAFF AND I'M SURE THEY'LL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO, UH, LET YOU KNOW ABOUT THE ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS THAT WILL, WILL BE AVAILABLE TO YOU.

OKAY? .

OKAY.

NO, I, I, I THANK YOU.

AND I'M SURE WE, MR. HALLA, WAS IT YOU WHO CHOSE TO GO WITH GO THIS PARTICULAR ROUTE?

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SIR? I, I'LL, I'LL GO AHEAD AND STOP YOU GUYS.

IT'S, THERE'S NO POINT IN, UH, REALLY, REALLY GOING MORE INTO IT.

UH, YOU SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION FOR REZONING.

YOU'VE NOT SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION FOR A CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT.

THE COMMISSION HAS INDICATED THEY WOULD BE FAR MORE COMFORTABLE WITH WHAT YOU HAVE NOT SUBMITTED AND ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH WHAT YOU HAVE SUBMITTED.

OKAY.

CERTAINLY WE WILL TRY TO GO THE OTHER ROUTE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

YOU WELCOME.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

COMMISSION MEMBERS, IF THERE ARE NO MORE, UH, IS, IF THERE IS NO MORE NEED FOR DISCUSSION, IS THERE A MOTION I, I'LL GO AHEAD AND MAKE A MOTION THAT WE DENY THE 3.1.

THERE'S A MOTION FROM VICE CHAIRMAN GROUT, UH, TO DENY THESE TWO ITEMS. I BELIEVE THERE'S A SECOND FROM COMMISSIONER ADDISON.

ARE THERE ANY OBJECTIONS? SEEING NONE, THESE ITEMS ARE DENIED.

WE CAN NOW MOVE

[Items 6 & 7]

ON TO ITEMS NUMBER SIX AND SEVEN, PLANNED AMENDMENT 3 24 AND CASE NINE TWENTY FOUR SIXTY FOUR THIRTY FIVE WINDBORN AVENUE, PA DASH THREE DASH TWENTY FOUR SIX FOUR THREE FIVE WINDBORN AVENUE RELATED TO CASE NINE DASH 24.

THE PROPERTY IS LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF WINDBORN AVENUE EAST OF EAST BROOKSTOWN DRIVE COUNCIL DISTRICT SEVEN.

THE APPLICANT IS RELE.

THE APPLICANT PROPOSED A CHANGE IN A COMPREHENSIVE USES PLAN AMENDMENT FROM NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER TO COMMERCIAL RELATED CASE NINE DASH TWENTY FOUR SIX FOUR THREE FIVE WINDBORN AVENUE.

THE APPLICANT PROPOSED A CHANGE IN ZONING FROM LIGHT COMMERCIAL C ONE TO HEAVY COMMERCIAL HC ONE PROPOSED USE MOTOR VEHICLE REPAIR.

THE FUTURE BE OUR LE DESIGNATION IS NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER PA DASH THREE DASH TWENTY FOUR SIX FOUR THREE FIVE WINDBORN AVENUE RELATED TO CASE NINE DASH 24.

STAFF RECOMMENDS DENIAL BASED UPON THE LAND USE DESIGNATION OF NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER APPEARING APPROPRIATE AND STAFF CANNOT CERTIFY THE PROPOSED REQUEST MEETS THE CRITERIA FOR A CHANGE OF ZONING REQUEST IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND INCOMPATIBLE WITH THE EXISTING CHARACTER OF THE ESTABLISHED RESIDENTIAL LAND USES.

WE'VE RECEIVED A MESSAGE IN OPPOSITION FROM THE ADJACENT CHURCH.

THANK YOU.

AT THIS TIME I'LL OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING AND INVITE THE APPLICANT TO SPEAK FOR A PERIOD NOT TO EXCEED 15 MINUTES.

OH, GOOD EVENING, SIR.

MADAM, MY NAME IS RELA, I'M THE OWNER OF THE PROPERTY ON WINDBORN SIXTY FOUR THIRTY FIVE WIND BONE AVENUE.

I'M COMING HERE TO, UH, TALK ABOUT MY CURRENT SITUATION LIKE, AND THIS IS MY, UH, RENTER.

I CURRENTLY, I'M LIFTING MY PROPERTIES, UH, TO, TO MY RENTER RIGHT NOW AND BEFORE WE OPEN THE TIE AND CURRENTLY USE AS THE TIE SAW, I'M SORRY.

AND, UH, WE GOT ALL THE PERMIT TO OPEN THE THAI SHOP.

AND THEN AFTER THAT WE GET THE NOTE THAT THE PROPERTY, WE CANNOT OPEN THE THAI SHOP AND WE RECOMMEND, THEY RECOMMEND US TO DO THE REZONING.

YES.

CAN CAN YOU PASS TO HELP PLEASE? SURE.

SORRY.

GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYBODY.

HOW YOU DOING? COULD YOU SPEAK YOUR NAME FOR THE NAME'S? KATHLEEN MURRAY.

THANK YOU.

AND I'M HERE LIKE REPRESENTING MY HUSBAND 'CAUSE HE'S THE OWNER OF THE TIRE SHOP, BUT HE DON'T SPEAK A LOT OF ENGLISH, SO I'M A TRANSLATE FOR HIM.

AND UM, WE'RE A SMALL FAMILY AND WE PUT ALL MONEY INTO THE BUSINESS FIRST.

WE DIDN'T KNOW, UH, WE CANNOT PUT THE TIRE SHOP ON THAT PLACE WHEN WE RENT IT AND WE GET ALL THE PERMITS FROM THE CITY, THEY SAY WE CAN LIKE, WE CAN UH, PUT THE TIRE SHOP.

OKAY.

UM, WE DON'T HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THE NEIGHBORS BECAUSE WE WAS TALKING TO EVERYONE AND EVERYONE IS HAPPY WITH OUR SERVICE.

AND I WORK IN THE TIRE SHOP AND I ALWAYS TREAT MY CUSTOMER GOOD AND LIKE WE NEVER HAVE NO COMPLAINT ABOUT NO ONE.

THE OTHER THING BEFORE US, WE HAVE A, I HAVE THE PICTURES OF IT HERE IF YOU WANNA SEE IT.

UM, IT WAS LIKE A NASTY PLACE.

HOMELESS, ENDANGERED PEOPLE WAS AROUND THAT AREA.

AND THEN AFTER WE GET THE BUILDING, WE PAY FOR ALL THE REPAIRS.

WE PA UH, WE PAINT THE BUILDING, WE CLEANED THE JAR, WE WAS FIXING EVERYTHING INSIDE AND UPSIDE FOR MADE THE COMMUNITY HAPPY.

YOU KNOW.

UM, THE ONLY THING WE JUST NEED LIKE IS WE JUST HERE BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY COMPLAIN ABOUT US IS ONLY A TIRE SHOP.

IT'S NOT FOR LIKE MECHANIC STUFF.

WE JUST DO FOR REPAIR TIRES, LIGHT PLUGS, PATCH AND INSTALL NEW AND USED TIRES.

NOT FOR HEAVY, UH, COMMERCIAL.

I DON'T KNOW WHO SAY THAT, BUT WE NOT APPLYING FOR THAT.

WE JUST WANT THE TIRE SHOP.

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AND WE HAVE A NEIGHBOR I THINK, UM, HE WANNA TALK TO Y'ALL TOO.

OKAY.

HE'LL, HE'LL NEED TO FILL OUT A SPEAKER COURT IF HE WISHES TO SPEAK.

YES, WE HAVE .

OKAY.

OKAY.

WELL IF HE'S FILLED OUT COURT, WE'LL CALL HIM TO SPEAK.

OKAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

THAT'S ALL WE NEED TO SAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, OUR NEXT CARD IS FOR CURTIS BEARD.

I SEE YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO WAIT TOO LONG.

HELLO.

HOW Y'ALL DOING? HOW'S IT GOING? LOOK, UM, I'M A DESERT STORM VETERAN.

I WAS THERE BEFORE THE CHURCH AND AFTER DESERT STORM, I BOUGHT A HOUSE RIGHT ACROSS FROM THAT UH, TIRE SHOP.

IT WAS A CRACKER BARREL AND THE CRACKER BARREL WAS THERE BEFORE ME.

AND I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY YEARS IT WAS THERE BEFORE ME.

EVERYTHING WAS OKAY.

I KNEW THE GUY WHO SOLD THE LAND TO THE PREACHER WHO BUILT THAT, UH, CHURCH THERE.

IT WAS JUST A EMPTY FIELD AFTER THE CHURCH WAS BUILT, UH, MAYBE THREE OR FOUR YEARS AFTER THE CHURCH WAS BUILT, CRACKER BARREL SOLD TO CIRCLE K.

AND I WANNA, I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW I'M NOT UNFAMILIAR WITH THE LAW.

THE LATE JUDGE TYSON IS MY TEACHER.

THE JUDGE THAT YOU SEE ON THE COURTHOUSE ACROSS THE STREET.

I WENT TO SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY SO I'M NOT UNFAMILIAR WITH THAT.

THIS CHURCH DECIDED TO, IN CONVENIENCE US, THE PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, WE DON'T EVEN GO TO THAT CHURCH.

YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING? WE DON'T EVEN GO THERE.

YOU GO TALK TO ALL THE PEOPLE IN THE, IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

THEY DON'T EVEN GO THERE.

HE DECIDED HE WANT TO USE HIS DOMAIN POWER TO CLOSE.

UH, THAT CIRCLE K, CIRCLE K LOST MONEY.

NOW THEY DECIDE TO MOVE IN THERE AND OPEN A TIE SHOP.

I, I CAN'T SEE NO REASON WHY THAT CHILD SHOP IS HURTING THEM.

IT'S ANOTHER LADY RIGHT DOWN ON THE STREET ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE CHURCH.

SHE'S TRYING TO OPEN UP A SCHOOL FOR THE KIDS AND THEY'RE GIVING HER PROBLEMS. THIS BUSINESS IS NOT MAKING THEM LOSE MONEY.

THEY COME TO ME WITH LIES.

ONE OF THE PEOPLE COME OVER THERE SAYING THAT UH, THEY ARE BAD PEOPLE, WHICH THEY ARE NOT.

HOW YOU GONNA SAY THEY'RE BAD PEOPLE? YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW 'EM.

THIS IS, THIS IS WHAT THE CHURCH IS PUTTING OUT.

THE CHURCH IS PUTTING OUT THAT THEY'RE GONNA BE SELLING DRUGS OUT OF THERE, SELLING ALCOHOL OUT OF THERE.

I'M SAYING, WHERE YOU GETTING THIS INFORMATION? I LIVE RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE PLACE.

MY HOUSE IS DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THEM.

I OPEN MY DOOR.

THEY LOOKING AT ME, I'M LOOKING AT THEM.

I CAN SEE EVERYTHING GOING ON.

I ACTUALLY, WHEN, WHEN WHEN, UH, CRACKER BARREL AND CIRCLE CA WAS OPEN, I ACTUALLY COULD HELP THEM OUT BECAUSE I CAN SEE WHEN SOMETHING WAS GONNA HAPPEN, CRIME I COULD STOP CRIME 'CAUSE I'M LOOKING AT EVERYTHING.

YOU HAVE ABOUT 20 SECONDS SIR.

SO I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY WANT TO KEEP THEM FROM OPENING WHEN IT, I CAN'T SEE ANY, ANY PROBLEM.

LIKE I SAID, THIS PLACE WAS THERE BEFORE THEM AND THERE'S NOBODY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD GO TO THAT CHURCH.

I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY USING THEIR POWER TO CLOSE THE PLACE.

THANK YOU SIR.

AND LIKE I SAID, I'M, I'M A DESERT STORM.

THANK YOU SIR.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS.

OUR NEXT CARD IS FOR KEITH BLACK.

IS IT BLACK MALL? MY NAME KEITH BLACKMAN.

YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT THE TIRE SHOP SHOULD BE OPEN BECAUSE IT'S A LOT OF CARS COME THROUGH THERE.

THEY CATCH FLATS.

WE TRY TO HELP THEM BUT I THINK THEY TIRE SHOP SHOULD BE THERE.

THEY NOT HURT NOBODY.

THEY'RE NOT SELLING NO DRUGS OUT OR NOTHING.

THEY JUST A SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS.

OKAY, THANK YOU SIR.

WE HAVE TWO MORE SPEAKER CARDS THAT ARE IN FAVOR BUT DO NOT WISH TO SPEAK.

THE FIRST IS FOR MICHAEL MEZA AND THE SECOND IS FOR ME SEAN.

WE HAVE ONE SPEAKER CARD THAT IS IN OPPOSITION BUT DOES NOT WISH TO SPEAK FOR WILLIAM B.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEAK MR. BATES FOR WILLIAM BATES? YOU MAY COME TO THE PODIUM AT THIS TIME.

YOU HAVE THE FLOOR FOR THREE MINUTES SIR.

GOOD MORNING BOARD AND GOOD MORNING.

ALL THAT I GATHERED HERE.

THANK GOD IT'S NOT MORNING.

IT'S BEEN A LONG DAY.

GOOD AFTERNOON MR. BATES.

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UM, WILLIAM BATES JUST SO HAPPENED TO BE THE EXECUTIVE PASTOR

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OF LIVING FAITH CHRISTIAN CENTER WHERE I'VE BEEN A MEMBER SINCE 1997.

UM, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE CORRECT A STATEMENT THAT WAS MADE.

UH, LIVING FAITH CHRISTIAN CENTER IS NOT AN OPPOSITION OF THE CRACKER BARREL WAS THERE OR THIS NEW TIRE SHOP.

OUR BISHOP, BISHOP RAYMOND JOHNSON WAS VERY ECSTATIC THAT THERE WAS A NEW BUSINESS THAT WAS GONNA BE PUT NEXT TO THE CHURCH.

UM, BECAUSE AS SHE STATED, THERE WERE SOME HOMELESS PEOPLE LIVING OVER THERE AND IT WAS RUN DOWN.

UM, WE HAD CONTACTED THE CITY TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PROPERTY, BECAUSE WE KNEW IT WAS VACATED, WOULDN'T STAY BLIGHTED TO REMOVE SEVERAL, UM, ITEMS OF DEBRIS THAT WAS ON THE PROPERTY.

AND ONCE WE SAW THAT THE PROPERTY WAS TAKEN OVER, UM, OUR BISHOP AND OUR CHURCH, WE WERE HAPPY ABOUT IT BECAUSE THEY PUT UP A FENCE.

UM, WE SAW THE WORK THAT WAS BEING DONE.

UM, AS FAR AS THE SCHOOL THAT'S NEXT TO US, UM, WE ARE NOT IN OPPOSITION OF THAT SCHOOL.

UM, IT'S JUST THE SCHOOL IS TAKING WHATEVER TIME THEY NEED TO GET THE FUNDS TOGETHER TO FINISH DOING WHAT THEY NEED TO DO.

UM, OUR ONLY OPPOSITION IS THE REZONING OF THE PROPERTY, UM, FROM THE C ONE TO THE HC ONE.

UM, KIND OF CONCERNING WHAT THE OTHER GENTLEMAN HAD SPOKE ABOUT, ABOUT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IN PERPETUITY TO THAT PROPERTY.

UM, SO THE CHURCH IS NOT OPPOSED TO THE BUSINESS BEING THEIR, IT'S NOT OPPOSED TO WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE COMMUNITY.

WE WANT THE COMMUNITY TO THRIVE.

WE WANT THE COMMUNITY TO FLOURISH.

UH, WE ARE ALL ABOUT THE COMMUNITY.

UH, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO A ZONING ISSUE, THAT'S SOMETHING FAR AND ABOVE WHAT WE DO AS A CHURCH THAT BE GO, THAT GOES BEYOND OUR SCOPE.

UM, BUT WE DO NOT WANT ANYBODY IN THE COMMUNITY TO THINK THAT WE ARE BULLYING ANYBODY OR PUTTING ANYBODY OUT OR WANTING SOMEBODY NOT TO BE SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE THAT'S THE ANTITHESIS OF WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE STAND FOR IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AND OUR ONLY REASON FOR OPPOSITION IS FOR THE ZONING NOT TO BE CHANGED PRIOR BECAUSE OF WHAT IT COULD POTENTIALLY BECOME OUTSIDE OF THE TIRE SHOP.

THANK YOU BOARD.

THANK YOU.

AT THIS TIME I'LL INVITE THE APPLICANT BACK FOR A FIVE MINUTE REBUTTAL.

SIR MADAM, LOOK LIKE I TALKED EARLIER, WE NOT INTEND TO CHANGE THE REZONING TO ANY PURPLE BESIDE OL BECAUSE WHEN WE TALK TO THE P COMMISSION, THEY SAID WE, WE HAD TO DO REZONING IN ORDER TO OPEN THE .

BUT OUR AROUND NEIGHBOR, THEY EVERYBODY OKAY FOR US TO OPEN THE OL WE NOT INTEND TO OPEN ANYTHING LIKE IN, UH, PURPOSE OF REZONING.

WE JUST WANNA OPEN THE OL, YOU KNOW, MAKE FOR THE, FOR COMMUNITY AND FOR OUR FAMILY AND WE GET ALL THE PERMITS TO OPEN IT FROM THE PERMIT OFFICE IN MY RENTAL OFFICE.

SURE.

YEAH.

OKAY.

UH, SO I DON'T KNOW.

IT WAS A MISTAKE OR SOMETHING.

YEAH, I DON'T KNOW.

BUT UM, I THINK IT'S A BIG MISTAKE.

OKAY.

BUT THE THING IS, I DON'T HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH THE CHURCH EITHER.

I GO INTO CHURCH AND I BELIEVE IN GOD TOO.

YEAH.

AND UM, THE THING IS WHEN WE JUST GOT IT, I DON'T KNOW WHY WE GET ALL THE PERMITS FOR THE TIRE SHOP AND NOW THEY SAY WE CANNOT HAVE A TIRE SHOP IN THAT PLACE.

SO THAT'S THE MISTAKE.

AND I DON'T KNOW WHY, BECAUSE WE GOT ALL THE PERMITS AND NOW THEY WANNA RE RESIGNING THAT BUILDING AND THEY SAY WE WANT A HEAVY COMMERCIAL.

IT'S NOT A HEAVY COMMERCIAL.

'CAUSE THE ONLY THINGS WE DO IS LIKE BRAKES AND OIL CHAINS, LIKE ALL THE TIRE SHOP, THEY DO IT.

SO THAT'S THE ONLY THING WE DO IN THE TIRE SHOP.

AND WE LIKE, IT'S JUST MY HUSBAND AND ME AND MY TWO KIDS.

AND I'M THE ONLY ONE WHO WORK WITH MY OTHER, UH, COUSIN IN THE TIRE SHOP.

SO IT'S ONLY TWO PEOPLE IN THE TIRE SHOP.

WE DON'T HAVE NO MORE EMPLOYEES YET BECAUSE WE JUST OPEN AND THEY RODE LIKE THREE TIMES.

AND MY HUSBAND, HE WAS THINKING TO CLOSE THE TIRE SHOP, BUT I THINK LIKE THE NEIGHBORS, NOT EVERYONE IS A BAD PERSON, YOU KNOW, AND I BELIEVE IN EVERYONE AND, UM, THE ONLY THING WE SPEND A LOT OF MONEY IN THAT PLACE AND WE HOPE WE CAN STAY.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

AT THIS TIME I'LL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING AND, UH, COMMISSIONERS BEFORE INVITING ANY COMMENTS, I'D LIKE TO ASK THE DIRECTOR IF HE COULD, UH, JUST KIND OF SHARE SOME COMMENTS REGARDING, UH, WHAT IS AND WHAT ISN'T ALLOWED WITH THE EXISTING ZONING AND KIND OF MAYBE A BRIEF SUMMARY OF, UH, WHAT'S HAPPENED TO THIS POINT.

UH, WHERE THEY, WHERE THEY ARE AND THE,