Zoning board OKs church school

2010-06-08T02:00:00Z Zoning board OKs church schoolBy Tim Trainor of The Montana Standard Montana Standard

A Butte church has permission to run a private, non-profit school at 2500 Grand Ave.

The Butte-Silver Bow Zoning Board of Adjustment late last week approved a special-use permit allowing the Montana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to open the school in its existing facility.

The school is planned in the basement of the church. The church anticipates 10 students, but could accommodate up to 20, according to a staff report.

The church’s long-term goal is to build a new school or use another existing building, and leaders hope to operate in the basement location temporarily, according to planning staff.

City-county zoning allows for private, non-profit schools to operate in any area by a special use permit from the zoning board, following a public hearing and a finding that the site does not negatively impact the surrounding area.

Planning staff recommended approval of the special use permit, with four conditions.

Those include a paving bond for six spaces on the east parking lot, a storm-water drainage plan if the applicant is required to pave six spaces, a detailed sign plan and drawings that meet city-county sign regulations and meeting building code and Americans with Disabilities Act standards.

Zoning officials stipulated that the paving work to add the six parking spaces would need to be completed if the school is still operating in the church next year.

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