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    Cyburbian Otis's avatar
    Mar 2002
    Upper left edge

    Limits on mini-storage

    I'm looking for examples of limits/controls/bans on mini-storage facilities in general commercial zones. We have a seven-mile highway through town that is the city's Main Street. It is zoned for general commercial use, which in our scheme means retail uses, but which allows min-storage. There is a growing number mini-storage facilities being built. In the opinion of some mini-storage is not an appropriate use along the Main Street area as it is not a pedestrian-oriented use. We also allow them in our industrial zone. Are there examples of requirements for, e.g., setting them behind a retail use, ot requring extensive landscaping/buffering? Any outright bans?

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    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
    May 2003
    Staff meeting
    We are a large-sized 2nd ring Chicago suburb and storage facilities are only permitted in our industrial districts.

    We would never allow storage uses in a commercial district.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    Cyburbian TexanOkie's avatar
    Jun 2007
    Oklahoma City
    We have established an overlay district along certain primary streets in town and established different building and use criteria in the name of historic [cultural] preservation.

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    Cyburbian Joe Iliff's avatar
    Aug 1997
    Clowns to the left, jokers to the right
    I worked in a town that treated them as an industrial land use, permitted by right only in industrial districts. We tried to add them as a conditional use in commercial districts, so that they could be established on some sites, but not others, to keep the prime retail properties for retail.
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    Cyburbian Richmond Jake's avatar
    Aug 2001
    The Emerald Coast
    Protect your retail areas from this use as they'll suck the life out of an active retail/personnel service commercial area. Our planning commission asked us to investigate allowing this use as a matter of right in our neighborhood commercial zone district! I conveniently forgot to follow-up on that suggestion.

    I despise this use with a passion.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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