Elementary and secondary schools are now allowed as a conditional use permit in more zonings within city limits after the Sumter City Council passed an ordinance at its meeting Tuesday.
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Agenda item: An ordinance to amend the city's zoning and development standards to add elementary and secondary schools as conditional uses in the professional office, neighborhood commercial, limited commercial and general commercial zoning districts.
Background: As the ordinance previously existed, elementary, middle and high schools were only allowed in residential zones by conditional use.
The amendment was brought to council after a Sumter County business owner requested to operate a private school on general commercial property.
During council's previous meeting, Sumter Planning Department Director George McGregor said each application to operate a school in a commercial district will be reviewed to make sure the school is compatible with the surrounding area if the amendment were approved.
The Sumter Planning Commission and planning department staff recommended approval of the amendment.
Vote: Unanimous approval
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