A church in Castle Hills, looking to alleviate some growing pains, went before the city's zoning commission on Tuesday to ask for more parking spaces.
John Gordon, executive pastor at Wayside Chapel, went before the zoning commission to request an amendment to a special use permit to add more space to their existing parking lot and to pave and stripe the back of three houses that they own for a total of 89 new spaces.
While some residents supported the church, stating that it was the property of Wayside Chapel and that the church leaders there should be able to do what they want with it, some neighbors said the move will take away from the residential feel of the neighborhood, brining in more traffic and more pollution.
"To have Wayside Chapel act upon their current special use permit as well as an additional new permit to add parking spaces, parking lots with 89 plus parking spaces, what's at stake here is the integrity of the residential neighborhood in a land-locked Castle Hills," said Joe Rodriguez, who spoke out Tuesday against the additional spaces.
The zoning commission unanimously denied Wayside Chapel's request on Tuesday night.
However, Gordon said they will go before the Castle Hills City Council on September 10th with the request.