Macedonia -- City officials say a plan to construct a senior citizen development, including homes, senior living building and an assisted living facility, on Faith Fellowship Church property has hit a major stumbling block because the land is not zoned properly to allow for much of the project.

The church is on the north side of Valley View Road, east of Route 8.

Preliminary site plans for the project came before the city's planning commission Jan. 28. According to a memorandum sent to the commission by City Planner Brian Frantz, while the 44 homes shown on the plans would be allowed under the property's R-1 single family home zoning, a 50-unit, three-story senior living building and 50-bed, one-story assistant living facility would not and the property would have to be rezoned to R-SC senior citizen residential.

Mayor Don Kuchta, who chairs the planning commission, said rezoning an R-1 district has to be approved by voters.

"We have hurdles," said Kuchta. "Hurdle number one is the redistricting and rezoning and that's a biggie because it has to be done by referendum."

See the full story in the Jan. 30 issue of the News Leader.