Parking: Permitted, or Problem?


In recent days, a large number of community members have commented on social media regarding the parking facilities at a newly opened Toccoa restaurant.


Prompted by the concerns expressed by those citizens, ConnectLocal.News verified with city officials that construction of the Burger King restaurant on Big A Road was approved by the Toccoa Planning Department. Documents on file at the planning department show that the building permit application was signed off on by all required department heads prior to being approved, and the project met all City of Toccoa ordinances, including complying with minimum parking standards as set by the city’s Code of Ordinances.


THE FACTS

Owner: Carolina RE Holdings, LLC/Bruce Daniels Franchise


Building Address: 700 A Big A Road, Toccoa


Proposed Work: New construction, Burger King Restaurant


Building square footage: 2,350 sq. ft.


Approvals of Permit application:

Fire Chief Jeff Haslup, Police Chief Jimmy Mize, Utilities Director Harry Scott, Public Works Director Randy Smith, Community Development Director Connie Tabor.


Parking spots included on plans submitted with permit application: 26


Parking spots at actual location (verified by ConnectLocal.News Jan. 9): 26


Minimum parking spots under Toccoa’s Code – One space for each 75 feet of floor area devoted to patron use, plus one space for each four employees. Total square feet of building: 2,350 sq. ft. - no actual footage is noted on the permit application regarding square footage devoted to patron use, or number of employees. For reference, if 66 percent of the building were devoted for patron use, and the restaurant utilized four employees, a total of 22 parking spots would be required.)


Toccoa’s Code of Ordinances, Chapter 24 – Zoning, Sec. 24-4 – Off-street automobile parking and storage

Off-street automobile parking or storage space shall be provided on every lot on which any of the following uses are thereafter established in all districts as provided for in this chapter except the B-III commercial district; or provided that no parking space can be reasonably provided on the same lot, such space shall be provided on any lot, a substantial portion of which is within 400 feet of such uses... Each automobile parking space shall be not less than 200 square feet in area exclusive of adequate access drives and maneuvering space. Maneuvering space shall be provided (except for single-family residences) to prevent any vehicle from backing into the street.


Automobile sales and repair - One space for each two employees at maximum employment on a single shift, plus two spaces for each 300 square feet of repair or maintenance space.

Bowling alleys - Two spaces for each alley, plus one additional space for each two employees.

Churches - One space for each five seats.

Filling stations - Two spaces for each gas pump plus three spaces for each grease rack or similar facility.

Hospitals - One space for each two patient beds plus one space for each staff or visiting doctor, plus one space for each three employees including nurses.

Mortuary or funeral home - One space for each four seats in the assembly room or chapel.

Motel, tourist homes or tourist courts - One space for each accommodation, plus two additional spaces for employees.

Offices, professional, business or public, including banks - One space for each 200 square feet of gross floor area.

Places of public assembly without fixed seats - One space for each 200 square feet of floor space devoted to patron use.

Places of public assembly including private clubs, lodges and fraternal buildings not providing overnight accommodations, auditoriums, dance halls, pool rooms, theaters, stadiums, gymnasiums, amusement parks, community centers, libraries, museums, and all similar places of public assembly - One space for each four seats provided for patron use, plus one space for each 100 square feet of floor or ground area used for amusement or assembly but not containing fixed seats.

Rooming and boarding houses - One space for each two guest rooms, plus one additional space for the owner, if resident on the premises.

Residential dwellings - One space for each dwelling unit.

Restaurants - One space for each 75 feet of floor area devoted to patron use, plus one space for each four employees.

Retail business - One space for each 200 square feet of total floor area.

Sanatarium, rest and convalescent homes, homes for the aged, and similar institutions - One space for each six patient beds, plus one space for each staff or visiting doctor, plus one space for each four employees.

Senior high school, both public and private -One space for each 20 pupils for which the space was designed, plus one space for each classroom and administrative office.

Mobile home park - One space for each sleeping unit.

Wholesaling and industrial uses - One space for each two employees at maximum employment on a single shift.

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