A zone change request for a lot on South Willow Street so a 19-unit apartment building can be constructed was put on hold Tuesday afternoon as the submitted site plan for the structure did not meet Sherman requirements.


The Sherman Planning & Zoning Commission tabled until its next meeting the request to rezone a lot from the R-1 District, one family residential, to R-2 District, multifamily residential. The 0.725-acre lot is located at the northwest corner of Willow and Odneal Streets.


Bruce Green, an architect with BWG Architecture, presented the site plan for the 14,638-square-foot apartment building to the commissioners. He said the two-story masonry building was planned to hold 19 units with 40 parking spaces enclosed by the six-foot-tall perimeter fence. The site plan indicated the screening fence was planned to be 100 percent masonry to match the building, however, Green noted the possibility of constructing it with concrete blocks. The agenda indicates the owner and requester as Mendi Salejeski.


“After we reviewed the site plan more, this one just won’t work,” Sherman Director of Developmental Service Scott Shadden said to Green. “I recommend that you ask the board to table until we get a site plan that will work better.”


Shadden’s recommendation came about after questions surfaced about the perimeter fence. Chairman Clay Mahone said the submitted site plan did not conform to the setback requirements as the fence on the front face of the property was planned to run along the property line. Mahone said the fence is required to be 25 feet back from Willow Street. The site plan shows about half the parking spaces running along the fence, and the 25-foot setback is shown at tail end of these parking spaces.


Green asked for the commission to table the zone change request so the site plan can be reworked, and the board did so.


With the consent agenda items, the commission did approve to replat nine lots to a single 0.725-acre lot at 712 S. Willow Street, the site where apartments are proposed.