A proposal to rezone five acres on Highway 5 in Sunrise Beach from neighborhood commercial (C-1) to general commercial (C-2) was denied last week. The Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees voted against changing the zoning requested by Jason Todd of Heartland Real Estate Holdings.

A proposal to rezone five acres on Highway 5 in Sunrise Beach from neighborhood commercial (C-1) to general commercial (C-2) was denied last week. The Sunrise Beach Board of Trustees voted against changing the zoning requested by Jason Todd of Heartland Real Estate Holdings.

According to Sunrise Beach Planner Roger Corbin, the unanimous decision from the trustees was due to there not being enough justification presented by Heartland to overturn the established zoning in the face of community concerns.

Todd applied for what turned out to be a controversial rezoning case in October 2017 after Heartland purchased the property in recent months. The property includes a large, warehouse-style building previously used to sell windows and components. The tract is in the vicinity of Shrimp Daddy’s and Sunrise Cantina restaurants.

Other business owners appeared to be concerned about what the property could become with the more intensive-use zoning, including fears of a salvage yard amidst the restaurants and small retail businesses in this area.

Several business owners and others attended public hearings, held by both the village planning commission and the board trustees, to speak against the rezoning.

A C-1 designation includes primary uses for restaurants, offices, services, churches, daycares, schools, medical clinics and fire stations.

A C-2 designation includes higher uses such as car services, hotels, large retailers, drive-through banks, bars, RV parks and theaters.

Todd had told village officials that he planned to lease the property and that he could not successfully lease the building and property with the more limited uses of C-1 zoning.