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City Council Regular
Meeting Date: 02/05/2019  
Subject:    Consider Introduction of an Ordinance Establishing a Moratorium on Self-Storage Facilities
From: Grant Fernelius, Community Development Director

The Council is asked to consider the introduction of an ordinance establishing a moratorium on self-storage facilities.
In recent months there have been two requests related to self-storage facilities.  One of those proposals involved a site at 101st Avenue and Foley Boulevard and was ultimately approved by the Council.  The other was the proposal at Vale Street, which the Planning Commission denied and the City Council affirmed on a subsequent appeal by the applicant.  During these discussions there were questions raised about the number of facilities in town, the different types of self-storage facilities and where these uses are allowed (zoning districts).  Self-storage facilities are allowed as a conditional use in the General Commercial district; accessory outdoor storage is not allowed. In the Industrial district, self-storage facilities are a permitted use; outdoor storage accessory to a self-storage facility is also allowed, but requires a conditional use permit. There are additional standards related to self-storage facilties in the River Rapids Overlay District, as was dicussed during the application that was denied for Vale Street. 

Staff is aware of development interest for two additional facilities.  It appears there is growing pressure for these kinds of uses and it is likely the City could see even more requests in the future.  Given the concerns raised above, staff believes it might be prudent to pause and assess/study the current policy and legislative options regarding self-storage facilities.  Among the goals of the moratorium would be to understand the market demand for self-storage facilties; examine the zoning districts where those uses are currently allowed; evaluate the potential locations where additional development might occur; and determine if existing regulations are adequate. 

The only way to suspend application requests on a temporary basis is through a development moratorium.  The development moratorium would be enacted by interim ordinance. The proposed ordinance would establish a 6 month moratorium.  The Council would have the authority under a subsequent action to extend the moratorium up to an additional 18 months.  During the effective date of the interim ordinance, the City would not accept any development applications related to new self-storage facilities or the expansion of an existing facility.  The ordinance does exempt repairs and maintenance for existing facilties.  If introduced on February 5th, the ordinance would be presented for adoption on February 19th.  It would take effect 15 days after publication (March 9th).
Staff recommends that the Council introduce the attached ordinance establishing a moratorium on self-storage facilties.

Self Storage Ordinance

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