Warren County, Missouri, commissioners approved making self storage units get a conditional use permit before building on land zoned for agricultural use.
The Warren County Commission approved a measure requiring self-storage units to receive a conditional use permit before building during a public hearing Sept. 21.
Commissioners were acting on a recommendation from the planning and zoning commission taken in June.
“A conditional use permit should be required for all purpose storage units located in agricultural zones located within Warren County. The condition shall be reviewed and implemented on a case-by-case basis and be as determined by the evidence presented for each hearing,” Bill Broemer read. “Any conditions placed on the condition of use shall not be harmful or detrimental to the use and enjoyment of other properties in the immediate vicinity.”
Commissioners approved the measure by a vote of 3-0.
“We, as a commission, we took all that into consideration and we’ve been discussing this for several months now,” Presiding Commissioner Joe Gildehaus said before the vote.
The vote took place before any member of the public spoke.
Wright City Mayor Michelle Heiliger, who was a strong supporter of the measure, did speak after the vote.
“I just want to say thank you,” she said. “I think we’re making great strides to partner with cities and county to make good decisions for our citizens. And by doing this, we’re just giving them the opportunity to have a voice and that’s all we want. So I appreciate it.”
In addition to Heiliger, all four aldermen also attended this meeting.
“I’m sorry about last time, you know that situation,” Gildehaus said after the meeting. “It’s one of those, if we don’t follow the rules and somebody else…”
“No, totally good,” Heiliger said.
“Completely understand,” Alderman Don Andrews said.
A similar situation happened during a public hearing June 15 before the planning and zoning commission. Several people from Wright City had signed up to speak, but commissioners voted to approve the measure without hearing from the public.
“This will give us more oversight to be able to disseminate whether they’re in the right area or being used for the right reasons,” Chair Corey Johnston, the Camp Branch Township representative on the commission said at that meeting. “So we’ll have a little more oversight in terms of where they’re being built.”
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