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P & Z Bd. of Adjustment will issue ruling on request for CIMA

By Ed Waggener

The Columbia Planning & Zoning Board of Adjustment will make a ruling in a few days on the request by David Isaacs to establish the Columbia Institute of Music and Art at 303 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY.

The Board of Adjustment sat with two of the three members present, Chairman Joe Flowers and member Mary Ann Loy. The third member, Bill Wheat, was not present.

Two letters were presented in support of the CIMA project, from Realtor Charles Barnes and Lindsey Wilson Band Director Tim Allen, and no one objected.

However, Mr. Flowers said that, as he interpreted the rules, the CIMA request does not meet the Conditional Use Permit requirements, basically, that only the residents of the location could be instructors.No final ruling was made on the Conditional Use Permit at the location, pending consultations with City Attorney Marshall Loy or zoning consultant Kriss Lowry , to see if there is wiggle room in the regulations.

David Isaacs said that in all likelihood he will seek a zoning change for the institute. "If I had been told of the specific regulations," he said, "I would have gone another route," he said. CIMA plans a curriculum of voice, instrument, and foreign language classes in the Mandarin Chinese and Korean languages.

CIMA already has around 20 students, from a wide area, who plan to attend the school. Isaacs said that the school had set an opening date of January 9, 2012.

This story was posted on 2011-12-23 05:00:49
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