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Originally published: 2012-12-10 11:37:54
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Waffle House, CCC&TI requests approved

by Anna Oakes

Restaurant chain Waffle House is a step closer to opening an establishment in Boone with the Boone Board of Adjustment's approval of a Unified Development Ordinance variance Thursday.

The company requested a variance from a requirement that driveways be at least 150 feet apart in the corridor districts for a half-acre vacant lot on Blowing Rock Road between Jerry Butler's dentist office and Boone Pawn & Music Company.

According to meeting materials, Waffle House's proposed driveway would be 80 feet from the adjacent driveway to the west and 108 feet from the adjacent driveway to the east.

Other than the location of the driveway, the variance application and meeting materials contained no additional information about Waffle House's plans for the site. A Waffle House spokesperson said on Nov. 27 that nothing is "officially confirmed."

The Board of Adjustment also approved a special use permit modification requested by Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute.

The community college plans to begin construction of a new six-classroom building at its Watauga campus -- located in the town of Boone's extraterritorial jurisdiction off of the N.C. 105 bypass -- in early 2013.

A concrete plant's appeal to the Board of Adjustment contesting town code violations was set to conclude Thursday after beginning seven months ago, but the board again continued the case, deferring a decision until January.

Boone Ready-Mix concrete plant at 110 Seven Oaks Road is appealing code violations issued by the town of Boone's Planning & Inspections Department -- namely, a citation for continued operation of a nonconforming situation after loss of the grandfathered use.

The plant, currently leased by Delta Holdings LLC, was grandfathered in as a nonconforming use when the parcel was zoned B3 General Business as part of Boone's area of extraterritorial jurisdiction in November 1998. The adjacent Seven Oaks neighborhood was zoned R1 Single-Family Residential. 

The town claims the concrete plant ceased operation for at least six months, which would cause the plant to lose its grandfathered status under the town's zoning laws.