The Washington City Council Monday approved the development plan for an insurance office on Rainbow Drive.
Jeff Wilson submitted the plan for the 4000-square-foot office building located at 802 Rainbow Drive. It is zoned C-4 planned commercial.
The council approved the request with an 8-0 vote.
Plans call for a two-floor storefront facing the west. The office would be built into a hillside and the rear of the building will be a one-story office space.
Wilson said the building will be “full brick and stone wrapped around all sides.”
The council approved the development plan under the conditions that it meet all city stormwater and fire hydrant location requirements; and there be no signage or landscaping in the sight triangle of the Rainbow Drive and Duncan Avenue intersection.
Another condition on the plan is that construction must be “substantially complete” within two years of the approval of the plan.
According to Community and Economic Development Director Sal Maniaci, while reviewing the development plan for the adjoining property to the south, staff recommended utilizing a joint access for both developments off of Duncan Avenue.
However, the applicant is proposing to utilize the existing access on Rainbow Drive due to the uncertainty of the neighboring development.
City staff saw no issue with the alternative access location
The site plan shows 22 parking spaces, which exceeds the 18 spaces mandated by city code based on square footage of the building.
The plan also meets the International Fire Code for fire access.
City staff indicated the plan does not address stormwater detention and must do so prior to a building permit being issued. If onsite detention is provided in an area that significantly alters the layout, a revised development plan will need to be approved by city council.
The initial plan does not show a buffer yard but proposed a 6-foot-tall vinyl sight-proof fence along the property line. Staff feels that this is adequate screening.
At Monday’s meeting, Wilson requested that a black iron fence be installed in lieu of the vinyl fence.