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A proposed amendment to the City’s ordinance allowing bed and breakfast establishments, prepared during several meetings of the Plan Commission, stalled in the April 6 meeting of the Planning and Development Committee over concerns about parking, special events, and a proposed distance limitation that would prevent two from being within a certain distance of another B&B.

The committee agreed in general with the concept of a distance requirement, the only sticking point being the distance itself. Both 1,000 feet and 900 feet were discussed. An amendment to the proposed ordinance, with a restriction prohibiting a bed and breakfast within that distance of another B&B, will be coming.

The Plan Commission proposal would have allowed B&Bs to use on-street parking to fulfill part of their parking requirements. Alderman Melissa Wynne, 3rd Ward, said all parking should be accommodated on-site. Director of Community Development Steve Griffin clarified that the parking requirement was one space per room, and that the current ordinance did allow on-street parking based upon the curb-to-curb street in front of the establishment at issue.

The Committee could not reach an agreement on a proposed limit on the number of special events at B&Bs. Both Ald. Wynne and Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, called for a complete prohibition of all special events at B&Bs. Uses should be “quiet,” said Ald. Fiske – special events would create an “imposition on the neighborhood.”

Alderman Delores Holmes, 5th Ward, joined by Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, disagreed. Ald. Holmes indicated that she might support a limit of four special events per year. Ald. Rainey said, “I absolutely would not support ‘no special events,’” she said. “I would support one per month.”

Ald Wynne then proposed a limit of three per year, prompting Ald. Rainey to ask, “What is a special event?”

“I think that’s a good question,” said Ald. Wynne. The Committee voted to hold the ordinance at Planning and Development as they sort out the parking, distance and special events issues.