The property is zoned for “local business,” and “the body shop use requires a conditional use permit,” City Planner Sharon Pruess told the three members of the Commission. Mayor Steve Harding and Commissioner Vona Johnson were absent.
City ordinances say that “automobile sales, service and storage” require conditional use permits within a local business zoning district.
McComsey, who owns Sharpe Enterprises, one of the larger construction contractors in the community, already had a building on a corner of the otherwise empty parcel that he had used for a rental company.
He obtained signatures from the nine owners of adjacent properties recording their “no objections” to the idea of an auto body repair shop in that building.
However, that petition includes McComsey’s agreement to: put on a 5-foot “privacy fence” between the building lot and a residential lot to the south, pave the parking area around the building with 4-inch-thick concrete or 4-inch-thick asphalt and add some “green space,” all within 12 months of Tuesday, Oct. 16, the day he got approval for the permit, according to Pruess.
Earlier, the city’s Planning Commission reviewed the idea, held a public hearing on Sept. 24 at which no one appeared and then recommended the plan to the City Commission, Pruess said.
No one showed up that Tuesday at the City Commission’s public hearing for McComsey’s plan, and the Commission approved it 3--0.
McComsey was at the meeting Tuesday. Commissioners asked him if he wanted to say anything, and he declined.
The address of the new auto body shop is 720 N. Garfield. It takes up just a small corner of the 9.5 acres McComsey owns in that area.
He plans to plat the remaining space into several lots “in the future,” Pruess told the Commission. That will require adding a public street for access to some of the lots and other planning changes to make access fit the city’s demands for snow plows and emergency vehicles. Because the site formerly contained “a substantial amount of fill material” used to build it up to a level height from a sloped area, a “geotechnical review” will be required early on before the remainder of the 9.5 acres can be developed, according to Pruess.