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Covington Planning Commission to consider Twelve Oaks permit change

Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast owner Nicole Greer is requesting that the City of Covington rezone her property to allow her to host private events as well as house overnight guests at her luxury bed and breakfast. (Staff photo: Ryan McKenzie)

Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast owner Nicole Greer is requesting that the City of Covington rezone her property to allow her to host private events as well as house overnight guests at her luxury bed and breakfast. (Staff photo: Ryan McKenzie)

COVINGTON – The Covington Planning Commission will consider a request from Twelve Oaks Bed and Breakfast owner Nicole Greer, who seeks to remove the condition of a use permit for a “bed and breakfast only” from her property zoning.

Greer’s request is to remove the word “only” in order to host private events in addition to accommodating overnight guests on the 3.17-acre property on Monticello Street.

She restored the 11,000-square-foot historic home into a bed and breakfast last year, but also hosts charity events, wedding receptions and ceremonies. Greer said in 2013 she hosted 12 wedding receptions and/or ceremonies and three charity events.

City Planner Scott Gaither said if the Planning Commission recommends approval of the request to the Covington City Council, Greer would be allowed to rent her rooms out as well as have permission to host private events and banquets.

The bed and breakfast, located at 2176 Monticello St., is zoned residential as the primary use of the property. Citizens brought complaints to the City Council in September about the frequent closing of Monticello Street. City officials agreed to develop a policy that would appease both residents and Greer.

Greer said in the fall she sent letters to all of the surrounding neighbors informing them when the wedding receptions/ceremonies would held and included in the note her contact information in order to “be a good neighbor.”

“I wanted to address every concern and let them know my intentions of being a good neighbor,” Greer said. “I have in the contract that all events must end by 10 p.m., while the noise ordinance allows it until 11 p.m. We’ve added parking of 40 to 50 cars on the property. We’ve also involved the Covington Police Department in order to help with parking. I believe I’ve addressed all the concerns and received a positive result from doing so.”

While some problems with surrounding citizens may be resolved, Gaither said he anticipates noise, parking and large crowd issues to be brought up during Tuesday’s meeting.

“I’m sure because it is a contentious subject, there will be sidebars and other discussions. It will be my job to keep things on track,” Gaither said.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Planning and Zoning Conference Room, 2116 Stalling St., in Covington.