Friday, January 23, 2015

Zoning Variance Requested for Self-Storage Units

There is a tract of vacant land bordering the North boundary of the Regatta Subdivision. It is essentially the backyard of Fred's Super Dollar and MEA, and is zoned General Commercial District (C-2).  A developer, Joe Parker, is seeking a conditional use variance from the Board of Supervisors so he can construct mini-storage and self-storage units, to be called Lake Vista Storage. According to the Landroll Map, the property is owned by Willie Gavan Inc. (Joe Parker is Director, V.P., and Secretary).



According to the Zoning Ordinances of Rankin County, C-2 zoning's purpose "is to promote the development of well planned shopping centers and independent commercial uses within carefully selected areas . . . . It is also the intent of this district that commercial uses permitted in C-2 districts be limited to those in which services performed and merchandise offered for sale be conducted or displayed entirely within enclosed structures as defined by this Ordinance."  Examples of permitted uses in C-2 zones are: business and professional offices, privately owned museums or galleries, photography studios, strip malls, veterinary clinics, stand-alone merchandise stores (like Fred's).

Mini-storage units are expressly allowed under current zoning regulations in Major Thoroughfare Commercial (if completely enclosed) (C-3) and Limited Industrial (I-1).

Parker is not attempting to rezone this property to C-3 or I-1; rather, he seeks a variance, which means he merely needs to convince the Board of Supervisors a mini-storage business in this location is consistent with C-2.  Under Mississippi law, rezoning can only occur if there is proof, by clear and convincing evidence of: 1) a mistake in the original zoning occurred, or 2) a change occurred in the character of the neighborhood to justify rezoning and a public need.  See Town of Florence v. Sea Lands, Ltd., 759 So. 2d 1221, 1224 (Miss. 2000). That standard is difficult to meet. A conditional variance, on the other hand, is left to the discretion of the Supervisors.  They simply have to find the idea of a mini-storage business in that location is consistent with the standards for C-2 districts as set forth in the zoning ordinance.

The Homeowner's Association of Regatta Subdivision is not happy about this. They are concerned the presence of a mini-storage business would harm their home values.  

This matter will be heard by the Board of Supervisors at 9:00 a.m. at their February 17, 2015, meeting, at which time the public is invited to speak.  

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yea, because we need yet another storage facility! Geeze people, quit being hoarders, throw stuff away!!!

Anonymous said...

I have lived at the Rez for over two decades, I have watched the no zoning create the crap that had to be adjusted thru the over-lay.
Mr. Keith and the two who are running for the #2 district. WE SAY NO

Anonymous said...

In the military we clean and clear out every three years. At present, there are two storage unit companies very close to this same area. Really, do we need another? The old Winn Dixie on Lakeland is now a storage area and there is another on Grants Ferry with the long and ugly privacy fence in view. De-clutter people and stop living like trash.

Anonymous said...

There's also one directly across the street behind Kroger.

Anonymous said...

we as residents have to attend this meeting and make known our concerns to the Supervisors or the units will be there in no time. The PRV only cares about money not the residents concerns. They have the meeting during working hours so attendance is low. Please attend....

Anonymous said...

This is not a PRV issue, but 100% Supervisor issue. We need to stop this immediately.

Anonymous said...

8:05, I don't believe that's on PRWVD property... Get that boogeyman though!

Daniel Cross said...

This is exactly why I am running for Supervisor for District 2. We DO NOT need anymore storage units near our residences or neighborhoods!!! It is so important that we stand up on issues such as this. We have restrictions in place to prevent things like this from happening and we do not need to waiver on decisions that can hurt the values of our homes.

Troy Odom said...

A comment from Sistrict 2 Supervisor, Rodney Keith:

From reading the comments regarding the above post on the The Rez News blog it is always helpful when the Board of Supervisors knows a little bit about more about who is commenting. When comments are made anonymously we don’t know whether the commenter is a competitor of the company requesting approval for conditional use or a resident of the area that would like their voice to be heard and accounted for on this matter. Keep posting on The Rez News and feel free to email me your thoughts on this or any other matter and provide me with enough information in order to help me advocate your position. Thank you for engaging in the process. Sincerely, Rodney Keith - Supervisor District 2 Email: RKeith@rankincounty.org

Anonymous said...

So now Mr. Keith is against anonymous post, this is a pot kettle issue, is it not Mr. Fish?

Lori Voss said...

Another thing to keep in mind concerning this is that if the Supervisors provide this developer with the variance he requests, it will set a bad precedent for surrounding vacant land, such as the large piece just over the tree line adjacent to the Villas Subdivision on Hugh Ward Blvd. Even if you don't live in Regatta, this variance could some day impact your neighborhood also. We should throw our support behind our neighbors in Regatta. If it's not good for them, it's not good for you!

Derrel Palmer said...

My nephew once told me that a storage facility was basically a "half-way house"...your stuff was half way from the house to the dump. While I agree there are temporary needs for storage facilities, I believe there are plenty already in our area. I would not be in favor of ANY storage facilities near any subdivisions. It can't do anything by hurt property values and we've got to work to increase our values!!

Eevee Chatler said...

It seems like storage units are going up on every street corner. Pretty soon, there will be more than coffee shops. Not really, but it almost seems like it could happen. I must be in the wrong business, because it seems like storage units seems to make all the money. I just need some investors, and I'm sure I could start my own. http://www.superiorbuildings.ca/self_storage.html

Kurt Cooks said...

It is always nice when they put in new storage units. We need some new ones where we live because everyone seems to use them. I I also would like to get new ones that have more space in them for like vehicles. http://www.rocksolidstall.com

Izzy said...

This is really a big problem! I don't understand if this property is not theirs what is the point!

Felicity Sanderson said...

It's pretty crazy that they're looking to expand their self storage unit area into that empty lot in the top picture. I honestly think it would be a great usage of space since there's quite a bit of residential areas south of that place. It would make it easy for home owners to whip into the self storage place, grab what they need, and then go on with their day. These places really need a good location, and this one is spectacular when considering what places are around in this map.
http://www.lakecountystorageunits.com/HowStorageWorks.aspx

Mark Grogan said...

Self storage facilities are generally low risk I think, as low risk as any other form of commercial or retail outlets and shops would probably be in any case!