On October 26, 2021, the Richfield Planning and Zoning Commission held a Public Hearing for a request to rezone from Residential to Commercial at 6:00 P.M.
President of the P&Z opened the Public Hearing.
Roll Call of commission: Keith Laudert present, Diana King present and Jose Loughmiller present.
Secretary Lu Ann Swainston present.
Agenda: Keith Laudert made the motion to approve the public hearing agenda, 2nd by Diana King. Motion Carried.
Rezone of Block 26 Lots 1-3 from residential to commercial to place 2—30’ X 130’ storage units on the property. 26 storage units will be placed in each storage unit. The storage units would be 10’ X 15’each. Access would be off of 2nd street.
Attendees: Alex Sutter, Nathan Fuchs, Thelma Martz, Donna Vejmola and Tom Naylor were in attendance.
Discussion was opened up for the attendees.
Thelma Martz owns the property to the east of the proposed rezone. She is concerned of all the activity that would take place all through the night and day. The irrigation ditches to the east of the property are they going to be able to irrigate. Lighting was another factor.
Donna Vejmola, Thelma Martz sister who rents from her addressed the noise and activity at all hours of the day and night. The clutter that could be left outside the storage units by the renters if and when they would leave. Security, lighting also the irrigation ditch would she be able to get water was another issue for her.
The P&Z received a letter from Justin and Jackie Matheney who borders the property to the east as well. Their concerns are the safety of the neighborhood and want their children to be in a safe environment. More traffic in the area, crime, undesirables in the area all day and night, the decrease in value to their property.
After no further discussion with the patrons, Jose Loughmiller closed the public hearing.
Regular meeting of the Richfield Planning and Zoning Commission was called to order by President Jose Loughmiller.
Alex Sutter addressed the commission and patrons.
He stated their will be one (1) entrance to the property that would be off of 2nd Street. The property would be lights installed, fenced, his concern if he makes it gated it would restrict the renters for access. He was not opposed to installing a privacy fence at the property line to the east. He feels the property in the area would increase in value and that the area would be a safe environment.
Mayor Tom Naylor addressed the commission stating that storage units will not be that busy after the initial renting and placing items in the units, and generally quite. He also thinks that the property will look better than what it did before the trees were removed and the house removal.
After no further discussion the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended to the city council approval of the rezone. The motion was made by Keith Laudert, 2nd by Diana King.
Roll Call vote: Keith Laudert approves, Diana King approves, Jose Loughmiller approve. Motion Carried.
After no further discussion Keith Laudert made the motion to adjourn the meeting at 6:45 P.M., 2nd by Diana King. Motion Carried.
President Jose Loughmiller Secretary Lu Ann Swainston