Urban planning community

+ Reply to thread
Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: Define self storage facility

  1. #1
    Cyburbian fringe's avatar
    Registered
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Comer, GA
    Posts
    570

    Define self storage facility

    Local zoning ordinance lists among permitted uses for a "General Commercial Highway Oriented Zoning District" one called :

    7.8.1.47 Mini-warehouse provided the mini-warehouse facility is enclosed within a solid fence and an evergreen hedge is planted outside the solid fence. The evergreen hedge should reach a height of 8 feet within 5 years.

    Then lower down the list is another called:

    7.8.1.62 Self-storage facility.

    Before asking the city attorney to rule I'd like to ask for comments here about what the difference might be between the two items.

  2. #2
    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
    Registered
    May 2003
    Location
    Staff meeting
    Posts
    8,869
    First - Do you have definitions for each or one in your zoning code? If so, then we can help you better.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

  3. #3
    Cyburbian fringe's avatar
    Registered
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Comer, GA
    Posts
    570
    Sorry, is my lack of experience showing?

    Definition of self storage says: see mini-warehouses, which says:

    MINI-WAREHOUSE: A building consisting of individual, small, self-contained units that are leased or owned for the storage of business and household goods or
    contractors supplies.

    Now I just have to learn to appreciate redundance.

  4. #4
    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
    Registered
    May 2003
    Location
    Staff meeting
    Posts
    8,869
    From the definitions you give - there should be no difference whatsoever. If the defines refer to each other, then it is simply a silly redundancy (which you appear to recognize) to have the two terms as separate specified uses.

    Permit it and build it, says I.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

  5. #5
    Cyburbian fringe's avatar
    Registered
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Comer, GA
    Posts
    570
    Redundance has value in certain places and applications, but this one does look just plain silly.

    An ugly series of battles took place a cpl of counties north of this one regarding one of these interstate hiway topless donut shops that led our local body to insert a clause into every section and every description of its ordinance that says "Adult entertainment uses are not allowed in this ..."

  6. #6
    Cyburbia Administrator Dan's avatar
    Registered
    Mar 1996
    Location
    Upstate New York
    Posts
    14,670
    Blog entries
    3
    Mini-storage and self-storage warehouse are the same thing.

    FWIW:


    10.307.5 Self-storage facility

    10.307.5.1 Definition
    Self-storage facility: facility where secured areas in a structure are rented to individuals only for short-term storage of household items (excluding vehicles) and other non-hazardous, non-perishable durable goods.

    10.307.5.2 Permitted locations
    Self-storage facilities are permitted by right in the I-1 district.
    Self-storage facilities are considered subject to special exception review in the B-2 district, only when the facility is integrated into a larger development such as a retail center. Freestanding self-storage facilities are not permitted in the B-2 district.

    10.307.5.3 Conditions
    Uses not related to the short-term storage of household items and non-hazardous, non-perishable durable goods are prohibited at self-storage facilities. This includes automobile, boat, vehicle and heavy equipment storage; storage of hazardous items, perishable goods or animals; and use as a residence, office, workshop, studio, band rehearsal area or place of business.
    Electrical service to individual units must be for lighting and climate control only. Electrical outlets must not be provided in individual units.
    A dwelling occupied by the owner or on-site manager is permitted as an accessory use to a mini-storage warehouse.

    [later]


    10.409.4 Self-storage facilities

    10.409.4.1 Architectural theme
    Building design must conform to city design standards for commercial uses. Architectural details must relate to an overall architectural theme. Facilities placed near or integrated into a shopping or office center be designed to be consistent with the dominant theme or design of surrounding buildings.
    Bright primary colors are prohibited on buildings, regardless of corporate standards or preferences.
    All buildings, including storage units, must be surfaced in high quality materials. Smooth-faced concrete block, painted masonry, tilt-up and precast concrete panels, and prefabricated metal panels are prohibited.
    Prefabricated buildings are not permitted.

    10.409.4.2 General architectural requirements
    Buildings must include design elements such as columns, ribs or pilasters, piers, quoins, and fenestration patterns to prevent a utilitarian, industrial, warehouse-like appearance.
    Buildings ≥30’ long must include a change in wall plane, recess or reveal every 20’ or less.
    Maximum building length on the site perimeter is 60’.
    Unit doors must be screened or sited so they are not visible from the street or residential properties. Unit doors must not face the street.
    Unit doors must be integrated into the overall design theme of the site through color and texture.

    10.409.4.3 Roof design
    Buildings must include a roof pitch of ≥6:12, with roofs incorporating a high quality surface such as architectural shingles, seam metal or red tile. Flat roofs are prohibited.
    Roofs must include four or more planes, and have overhanging eaves extending ≥1.5’ (.5 m) past the building wall.

    10.409.4.4 Landscaping
    Landscaping must conform to Unified Development Code landscaping requirements
    Landscaping and berming must screen storage buildings from the public right-of-way and adjacent residential zoning districts
    Landscaping outside a perimeter fence must conform to Unified Development Code landscaping requirements. Inside a perimeter fence, ≥10% of the surface area must be a groomed permeable surface (grass, xeriscape ground cover, turf block), with ≥50% of that surface adjacent to the perimeter fence.
    One or more canopy trees for every ten units must be provided inside the perimeter fence, with trees placed inside the perimeter fence and at the ends of buildings runs. Shrubbery forming a dense cluster is required at the base of building walls ≥10’ long without doors.

    10.409.4.5 Circulation and stacking
    ≥20% of the units must be accessible to a full sized moving truck.
    Drive aisles must be ≥24’ wide. All drive aisles and unit access points must be surfaced in impervious or permeable pavement.
    Units and drive aisles must be sited so a vehicle parked at a unit cannot trap another vehicle and prevent it from leaving the facility.
    Parking spaces must not be located in the street yard.

    10.409.4.6 Signs
    Attached signs are permitted only on the main office/security building. Signs are prohibited on storage unit buildings.

    10.409.4.7 Fencing and screening
    Fencing must conform to Unified Development Code fence and wall requirements.
    Perimeter fencing, security fencing, and entry gates must be constructed of attractive materials that are compatible with the design and materials used throughout the site. Acceptable fencing types include masonry, decorative metal and wrought iron, with regular recesses and centers to break up long stretches, are encouraged. Barbed wire, stockade fencing, cinder block, precast concrete and chain link fencing are prohibited.

    10.409.4.8 Outdoor lighting
    Lighting must conform to Unified Development Code lighting requirements.
    Night lighting and security lighting must be sensitively designed to ensure no off-site glare is directed to neighboring parcels and that the overall intensity of the site lighting is not excessive.
    Excessive night security lighting is discouraged, and other security measures should be considered.
    Building mounted sconces must be used instead of freestanding light poles wherever possible.
    When a mini-storage facility is adjacent to a residential zone, pole mounted lights must be turned off between 9:00 PM and 6:00 AM.
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

  7. #7
    Forums Administrator & Gallery Moderator NHPlanner's avatar
    Registered
    Apr 1996
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    7,703
    From APA's Planners Dictionary:

    self-service storage facility (See also storage)
    • A building or group of buildings divided into separate compartments used to meet the temporary storage needs of small businesses, apartment dwellers, and other residential uses; and may include refrigerated facilities. (Prince William County, Va.)
    • A building or group of buildings consisting of individual, self-contained units leased to individuals, organizations, or businesses for self-service storage of personal property. (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
    • A building used for the storage of personal property where individual owners control individual storage spaces. (Clearwater, Fla.)
    • A facility used only for the storing of household and personal property (no commercial storage) with no commercial transactions permitted other than the rental of the storage units. (Pima County, Ariz.)
    • A structure containing separate storage spaces, which may be of various sizes, leased or rented on an individual basis. (Santa Monica, Calif.)
    • A building or group of buildings of a controlled-access and fenced compound that contains varying sizes of individual, compartmentalized, and controlled-access stalls or lockers for the storage of customers’ goods or wares. (Santa Rosa, Calif.)
    "Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how." -- Edward T. McMahon, The Conservation Fund

+ Reply to thread

More at Cyburbia

  1. Storage facility fencing
    Design, Space, and Place
    Replies: 1
    Last post: 06 Jun 2011, 5:07 PM
  2. Replies: 1
    Last post: 25 Sep 2008, 10:40 AM
  3. Replies: 5
    Last post: 19 Feb 2008, 1:31 PM
  4. Define Downtown
    Cities and Places
    Replies: 6
    Last post: 23 Dec 2002, 2:02 PM