I am in the process of opening a Children's Private Party Place in a building within a "Planned Light Manufacturing M-1 District". We believe that we fit into the category of Indoor Recreation which is defined within the zoning district as a principal permitted use of "Indoor recreation facilities including but not limited to tennis, swimming, bowling, golf and baseball, but excluding arcades containing a total of more than three coin-operated machines".
I am an Event Planner and I own an entertainment company and our business model is a private party place consisting of structured activities such as games, contests and dancing as well as recreation areas with various activities such as an indoor carnival, "Wii" Video games, etc... Please bear in mind that this facility will only host private parties and any food will be brought in by caterers and only reheated on-site.
When we met with the planning commission, they were very excited about the idea and thought the location was perfect. However the Building Inspector thought it did not fit into the category of indoor recreation (he thought it was more like a catering hall??) and thus bumped us up to the Zoning Board Of Appeals for a interpretation.
I truly believe that my business model does fit into the broad category of indoor recreation as defined above.
I have been looking for documentation to confirm my opinion and I noticed a prior post referring to the "Planner's Dictionary" published by the APA Press. I realize this is a broad question, but does anyone have any documentation they can refer to help me for help with my search? Or possbily an opinion on my situation?
Thanks in advance planning professionals!