A Sherman preschool plans to ask the city planning and zoning commission for an extension of permits that would allow it to continue to operate in a residential neighborhood. Representatives for Little Zebra Child Development Center have previously had specific-use permit requests denied by P&Z only to have the decision reversed by the City Council.


The preschool has operated at 1211 Blanton Drive since 2016 in what has traditionally been a residential neighborhood. In the request, representatives for the school said it will care for a maximum of 15 students under the age of five, with hours extending from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.


The facility is currently registered as a Child Care Home by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.


In Feb. 2016, Chiniqua and Delmar Hill made their initial request before P&Z, but met with some opposition from the neighborhood due to the incompatible use. When put to a vote, the commission denied the request in an eight-to-zero vote.


The decision was appealed to the city council in late March. Ultimately, the council voted to offer the permit for the school for one year, after which representatives could need to reapply for permits.


One year later, the commission once again denied the request for a renewal of the permit in a three-to-two vote. However, this was overruled by city council who approved the permit with a three-year expiration.


City documents for the meeting include five letters in support of the school, with no noted opposition.


The commission is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Sherman City Hall. Other items that will be discussed include:


Heavy equipment sales —


The commission will return to an item tabled in December and January when it discusses a request related to Sunbelt Rentals. The company is requesting permission to open a new rental facility at 910 S. Sam Rayburn Fwy. and permission to construct a new wash bay. A previous specific use permit was issued for the site to Grayson County Equipment in 1997.


The request was previously tabled due to discrepancies between what was being proposed and documents and plans that were presented to the commission. Members of the commission also expressed concerns about the presentation.


Restaurant signage —


Representatives for Stanley Blythe and Dairy Queen plan to request permission to build a 75-foot tall, 379 square-foot sign at 5900 N. U.S. Highway 75, near the intersection of Hwy. 75 and FM 691. The sign would serve a proposed Dairy Queen, which had initial plans approved by the commission in February.