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Brown's County Market plan discussion on tap

Self-storage facility needs development ordinance rewrite to move forward

Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com
A sign is photographed on Thursday, July 6, 2017 in Sycamore.
Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com A sign is photographed on Thursday, July 6, 2017 in Sycamore.

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore Plan Commission will continue work Monday on a zoning proposal that could pave the way for an indoor self-storage facility in the old Brown’s County Market property at 403 E. State St.

The city’s unified development ordinance currently does not allow for a storage facility in the area, which is zoned for a Central Business District, the same as downtown. Storage facilities are only allowed in areas zoned M-1, or light manufacturing. The ordinance does not differentiate between indoor and outdoor storage, however.

“The first step in creating a use classification for indoor self-service storage is to define and differentiate between ‘indoor’ and ‘outdoor’ self-service storage,” the agenda for Monday’s meeting reads.

The commission will discuss a proposed definition of indoor self-storage and whether it should be an approved special use in the central business district zone, and city staff recommends outdoor self-storage remain in the light manufacturing zones.

During the commission’s January meeting at which the issue was first discussed, Hinckley developer Douglas Olson said there was a need in the area for more storage facilities, but he found the building first and then decided what would make a good business inside. The nature of the lease of the Family Dollar next door also limits what businesses can go in the space.

The commission will also consider a proposal by Brian Grainger, owner of Hickory Terrace Townhomes by Grainger, to amend the planned unit development.

“In the plan proposed by Mr. Grainger, the remaining town-home pads would be developed as 24 one-bedroom units instead of 12 two-bedroom units,” according to the meeting agenda.

The new townhomes, near the intersection of Peace and Freed roads, will be for residents 55 and older.

“Pending a positive discussion, the applicant’s next steps would be to prepare an application for Planned Unit Development Amendment,” the agenda read.

Two action items on the agenda include a request from Joseph Bassett for a special use permit to use the second floor of a detached garage at 410 E. Elm St. as an accessory apartment, and a consideration of a re-subdivision and final plat of phase four of the Krpan Thanks America subdivision.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the Sycamore City Center at 308 W. State St.

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