This morning the Board of Zoning Adjustment met and said it will reconsider zoning requests for homeless shelters as long as they don’t come from an area zoned OR-3. Last month, it ruled in the Mercy Academy case that shelters were not an appropriate use in any zoning category.
The Metro Council was charged with coming up with an ordinance to address the issue.
The move opens the door for Wayside to apply for a BOZA determination on whether it could operate in another zone, including the Hotel Louisville property, zoned C-2, on Broadway.
Stephen Porter, the attorney who represented the Original Highlands Neighborhood Association in that case, said a group of Hotel Louisville neighbors opposed to the shelter moving in are watching the case.
But today’s action opens the door a crack — on Aug. 17 BOZA will make a decision, and that could allow Wayside to apply for permission to locate there.
Metro Government is said to be working with Wayside to find an alternative location for the shelter, even though Wayside won an auction to purchase the Broadway property and has said it intends to move in.