Public hearing scheduled Monday night on QuikTrip’s request for Telegraph store

Staff Report

A public hearing on a proposal to construct a 24-hour QuikTrip convenience store on Telegraph Road in Oakville now will be conducted by the county Planning Com-mission at 7 p.m. Monday, March 7, in the County Council Chambers of the County Administration Building, 41 S. Central Ave., Clayton.

The hearing originally had been scheduled Feb. 14 on the QuikTrip Corp.’s re-quest for a zoning change about 550 feet south of Forder Road on Telegraph Road that would allow a 4,555 square-foot, nine-pump gas station and convenience store.

QuikTrip has brought forward the same proposal in the past, and the Planning Com-mission voted unanimously to recommend approval of it last year.

But the County Council refused to act on it, automatically denying the request after it sat idle for 90 days.

QuikTrip then took the county to court, where a judge has not made a ruling, but “it’s been one year so we have the opportunity to bring the request back (to the county),” attorney John P. King of Blumenfeld, Kaplan and Sandweiss previously told the Call.

“We’re going to keep the petition in court,” he said. “If we’re successful (with the pending request) we won’t need it. If not, we’ll have it resolved in court.”

When the council denied the request last year, QuikTrip sought a court injunction that would force the county to rezone the land accordingly, alleging the current zoning is unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious because it is inconsistent with the surrounding character development.

QuikTrip is requesting a zoning change to the C-8 Planned Commercial District and Amended C-8 Planned Commercial District from the 10,000-square-foot R-3 Residence District and C-8 Planned Commercial Dis-trict for a two-acre site on the west side of Telegraph. The corporation made the same request last year.

Meanwhile, posted petitions are popping up at businesses on Telegraph Road, just as they did last year.

During last year’s request, 1,170 people signed petitions opposing the QuikTrip proposal, while 52 signatures supported the request. The Planning Department also received 349 letters of opposition and 18 letters of support.

The main concern of opponents, according to Department of Planning documents, was traffic safety.