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Decatur Planning Commission to consider zoning changes for Smarties Academy

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Decatur Planning Commission to consider zoning changes for Smarties Academy

Smarties Academy at Common Table church has requested a zoning change to continue to operate on the church campus. Photo by John Kiely.
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Decatur, GA — Smarties Academy at The Common Table church has requested zoning changes from low density residential and single-family residential to institutional. The daycare has also requested a conditional use permit to operate the daycare.

Smarties Academy owns and operates the daycare and early childhood education center, located at 465 Clairemont Avenue, in the church facilities on the property, according to the zoning application. The property was previously developed as a church campus for The Common Table, formerly known as the Lutheran Church of The Messiah. Common Table ended its ministry at the end of 2021.

Smarties began operating as an at-home childcare provider in 2008 and began operating at the church in 2012. The church campus provides classrooms and outdoor space for the children to learn.

“Due to the residential zoning of the Property, the Applicant’s day care has functioned as a legal accessory use to the church’s primary use of the Property,” the application states. “The Applicant desires to continue operating its day care at the Clairemont Avenue location and submits this application to make the zoning consistent with the use of the Property.”

According to the application, the majority of the property is designated as institutional on the city’s land use plan, and the applicant seeks to make the zoning and land use plan consistent and recognize the institutional use of the property.

The Decatur Planning Commission will consider the request at its meeting on Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at the Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street.

Virtual participation is available for this meeting as well. Here are the access instructions for Zoom:

To view the agenda, click here.

This meeting will be held in-person. Members of the public wishing to participate during the “Public Comment” portion of the meeting may attend the meeting in one of two ways:

1. Attend in-person by coming to Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough Street. A temperature check and wearing of a face covering are required for entry into the building.

2. Register in advance at https://zoom.us/j/97946558091. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You may also participate by phone by calling (929) 205-6099 and entering the meeting ID (the 11-digit number shown in the Zoom registration link).

NOTE – This meeting will utilize virtual meeting technology. We cannot guarantee it will operate as planned. If your participation must be a matter of public record, attend the meeting in person or email your comments to Ryan Sellers, Senior Planner, at [email protected] by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 7th.

Members of the public may also view the live broadcast of the Decatur Planning Commission meeting at https://www.decaturga.com/citycommission/page/streaming-video

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