(RED OAK) The Red Oak City Council held public hearings on a couple of zoning change requests at their meeting Monday night.
Red Oak City Administrator Brad Wright said they received a request from Scott Brown to change the zoning of property located at 704 N 4th Street from Residential to Central Business District. Wright said this is the property where Growth Unlimited had an office years ago and the building has been sitting vacant.
“Even though it was used for commercial use in the past, it is zoned residential,” explained Wright. “They’re looking at selling that property now to be used as commercial property again and therefore it needed to be zoned from residential to commercial at this time.”
Wright said the City Council approved the first reading and the second reading will be considered at the next City Council meeting.
The City Council also held a public hearing to consider the proper district in which Mini Storage Units shall be permitted and the required parking for the units. Wright said the City had individuals contact them to consider locations for construction of mini storage units within the City. He said Mini Storage Units are not currently listed as a permitted use anywhere within their zoning code, so this went before the Planning and Zoning Commission to determine where the property locations for those units would be permitted within the City.
Wright said, “The recommendation that came before the Council last night was to allow Mini Storage Units within the Industrial District’s of the City, which are the M1 an M2 industrial districts, and also to place mini storage units as a special exception use within the Highway Commercial District (C1), which means anytime somebody would want to build Mini Storage Units within a Highway Commercial District it would be considered on a case by case basis which would have to go before the City’s Board of Adjustment to consider allowing them.”
The City Council approved the first reading and the second reading will be considered at the next City Council meeting.
And, the City is negotiating a contract price with the Rural Fire Board. The current contract expires at the end of June. Wright said they made a proposal to the Rural Fire Board at their last meeting in the amount of $90,000. The Rural Fire Board then made a proposal back to the city in the amount of $65,000. The City Council did not accept their offer Monday night and sent it on to a committee which will discuss the issue and prepare a proposal back to the Rural Fire Board.