Drug rehab facility project needs conditional use permit
New Birth Temple of Deliverance will ask for permission Thursday to build a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center on its Perryville Road property.
The church must get a conditional use permit from the local planning and zoning office’s Board of Adjustments in order to build the facility on land that is zoned “AR-1” (agricultural/residential).
According to a staff report filed in advance of Thursday’s board meeting, New Birth “desires to build The Lighthouse, a non-profit, faith-based rehabilitation home for the treatment of drug and alcohol addiction. The home will be a 16+ bed facility constructed on the 14+ acres of the New Birth tract of land.”
New Birth is a prominent church structure along Perryville Road just west of Danville, with a large lake in front of it. According to blueprints submitted to P&Z by the church, the rehabilitation facility would sit behind the existing church building and have its own parking lot. There are also future development plans for a four-bay storage building.
A blueprint for the first floor of the planned building show a large sleeping area, a common area, a multi-purpose room, a breakfast area, multiple bathrooms, a kitchen, a foyer, a pair of offices and an “operations office.”
The P&Z staff report lists six “items of concern” that could be addressed before a conditional use permit is granted. First on the list is the fact that when New Birth submitted a site plan for its location in 2011, there were conditions placed on the construction that have yet to be met — creation of a “drainage facility,” “revised sight lighting,” having of parking and roads and striping of park spaces.
“The facility has been sent a notice of violation (NOV) and the staff has requested the property owner submit the (items in question) and a detailed timeline for their completion,” the staff report reads.
The staff report recommends New Birth meet the conditions of its original site plan “prior to any construction of the additional facility to be located on the same property.”
The staff report also recommends that New Birth should:
• connect the new building to sanitary sewer instead of using a septic tank;
• either specify actual square footage for the future storage bays or remove them from the map for now;
• state the exact number of beds the facility will have;
• be more specific with landscaping plans; and
• “clarify all the location(s) and size(s) of future signage to be utilized on the property.”
The Board of Adjustments will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in the public meeting room at Danville City Hall. A public hearing for New Birth’s conditional use permit is the only item on the agenda besides approval of minutes.
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