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3 public hearings last week for town board

Matthews commissioners held three public hearings last week and made decisions on several requests that had been pending.

Here is a review of the hearings:

J.C. Penney: Board members held a public hearing on a request from S.C. Windsor Associates to rezone Windsor Square Shopping Center to bring it into compliance with the town's ordinance. The change was prompted by S.C. Windsor's request to add a 3,600-square-foot lobby to the new J.C. Penney store, which should open this fall.

BAPS Temple: BAPS Temple, at 4100 Margaret Wallace Road, wants to build two pre-fabricated classrooms behind its current building. Temple officials say the classrooms are necessary to hold smaller classes for children and will be used only on Sunday mornings.

Commissioners also held a public hearing on staff's text-change proposals for outdoor lighting. One resident spoke in support of the changes.

The planning board will consider all three requests at it is Feb. 28 meeting and make recommendations to commissioners, who could vote as early as March 12.

Commission decisions

Board members voted against amending the zoning code concerning the height and location of antennae on communications towers. Several months ago, Jonathan Yates told commissioners the town's communication tower rules were outdated and proposed a text change to allow "stealth antennae" that could reach 40 feet above any existing structure. Staff said they may look at updating the ordinance as part of their Unified Development Ordinance.

The board granted a variance and approved a change in conditions to allow developer Roger Martin to reduce the width of the planned section of Independence Commerce Drive from 36 feet to 31 feet. In December, Martin was granted permission to extend the road to connect with Stevens Mill Road, because access to the other end of Independence Commerce Drive will be cut off when Independence Boulevard is made a limited-access freeway.

The board approved recognizing 97-year-old Margaret Phillips, who was presented the Nancy Glen Service Award by the Matthews Human Services Council. The award is given annually to a person who has made a great contribution to the town.

The board canceled its regularly scheduled Feb. 27 meeting because of the board retreat Feb. 24-26 at Ocean Isle.