Monday, October 3, 2022

Planning Commission recommends gym for Lafayette High School

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Lafayette High School may soon be receiving the go-ahead for the auxiliary gym that parents of its student athletes have been calling for.

Lafayette student athletes had been using James Blair Middle School as a practice site until its demolition in the spring.

Many were dissatisfied with the proposed solution to the loss of practice space, including LHS Athletic Director Andy Linn.

Linn, however, is pleased with the Planning Commission’s vote Wednesday night.

“I just hope it continues progress toward a new gym,” said Linn. “I think everyone knows we need the gym and why we’re asking for it.”

James City County’s Planning Commission voted unanimously at Wednesday’s meeting to recommend a special use permit for the construction of the auxiliary gym to the Board of Supervisors.

“Staff finds the proposal to be compatible with the adopted Comprehensive plan, the zoning ordinance and surrounding developments, and recommends the planning commission recommend approval of this application to the Board of Supervisors,” Roberta Sulouff, planner for the county, said at the meeting.

According to Planning Commission documents prepared for the meeting, the special use permit the commission recommended would allow for the construction of a 10,000 square-foot gym on the premises of Lafayette High School — if approved by the Board of Supervisors.

The gym would be used for physical education classes as well as a practice facility for after-school sports.

The Board of Supervisors will consider the Planning Commission’s recommendation and will vote on the special use permit at a future meeting. The vote is not scheduled to take place at the Board’s Nov. 8 meeting.

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