The partners in the KYNGZ Restaurant group have done a masterful job in following Lansing’s established procedures to get approval for a unique economic development project, and this one should be allowed to proceed as soon as possible.
To begin the process, the concept was first presented to the Village Board to explain their business plan. Following procedure KYNGZ was told to bring their idea to the Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals to do what I call “the dirty work” in determining if their plan would comply with all existing Lansing codes.
Opening a restaurant in Lansing is not complicated: it has occurred often over the years. The KYNGZ request is different because they are only asking for a needed special use variance so that they could complete their well-thought-out business plan that would include “live entertainment” within a B-3 General Business District.
During that meeting Planning and Zoning considered what was being proposed and how the petition would comply with Lansing’s special use standard requirements pursuant to Section 56-100(f) of the Zoning Codes. That was the only purpose for the meeting.
On April 13, 2022, the Planning and Zoning Board voted 8-0 to approve the requested special use with a list of conditions. Those conditions were accepted by the petitioners, and they began to work to include them into their business plan. Basically, Planning and Zoning approval would be finalized if those conditions were met.
Now, it appears that an approval by the Village Board is being delayed, so that the Village Board can oversee if all conditions were met, which created an additional hoop for the petitioner to complete before approval is assured.
I would just like to recommend that the people of Lansing read the Finding of Facts determined by the Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals.
You can find their decision recorded on the Village’s website.
I am aware the Planning and Zoning Board is only vested with a responsibility to recommend courses of action to the Board. But it should be remembered that each Planning and Zoning Board member is appointed by the mayor and approved by the Village Board. Each of them as they sit today has a long history of service to Lansing with an expertise in governmental projects and activities — considerably more than the current members of the Board.
Thus, why is there a need for a Planning and Zoning Board if their decisions are questioned?
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