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City Council Work Session
Meeting Date: 04/09/2019  
Subject:    Self Storage Facilities Moratorium Update
From: Scott Harlicker, Planner

INTRODUCTION
On February 19th, the City Council approved a six month moratorium on the development, construction or expansion of self-storage facilities. Staff is now beginning the process of studying current policy and options going into the future regarding self-storage facilities. The purpose of bringing this matter forward at this time is to provide Council with an update on the status of existing and pending self-storage facilities and to provide opportunity for Council input on the next steps in the process.
DISCUSSION
Existing Conditions

There are two districts in which self-storage facilities are allowed. Self-storage facilities are allowed in the General Commercial district as a conditional use; accessory outdoor storage is not permitted. In the Industrial district, they are allowed as a permitted use. Outdoor storage is allowed as an accessory use, but requires a conditional use permit. Sites that require a conditional use permit, as well as site plan approval, are subject to additional findings found in Section 11-304.2 Findings for Approval. Sites that are located within the River Rapids Overlay district are subject to specific findings found in Section 11-1003.8(5), in addition to the regular CUP standards found in Section 11-304.2. There are currently five existing facilities, one approved, but not yet constructed and one pending before the Planning Commission.

Existing Facilities

9145 University Avenue
The facility was approved in 1976. The property was zoned General Commercial when the applicant a made application. During the review process the City changed the zoning to include PUD. Since the property was developed the underlying zoning has been changed to Community Commercial/PUD. The buildings are single story with overhead doors accessing the units.

11365 Robinson Drive
This facility was approved in 1986. The applicant was granted site plan and special use permit approval. The property was zoned General Commercial at the time of application and remains General Commercial today. The buildings are typical single story with overhead doors. In 1997, the facility was expanded to its current configuration. The 1997 approval included the two story building and outdoor storage for up to 4 vehicles.

9909 Vale Street
The site plan for this facility was approved in 1987. The property was zoned Industrial at the time of application. The zoning remains Industrial today, but is within the River Rapids Overlay District. The property was included in the River Rapids Overlay District several years after it was constructed. The buildings are typical single story with overhead doors. Outdoor storage was included in the approval.

10201 Woodcrest Drive
The site plan and special use permit for this facility was approved in 1988. The property was zoned General Commercial at the time of application and remains General Commercial today. The buildings are typical one story with overhead doors.

3476 Coon Rapids Boulevard
The site plan and conditional use permit for this facility was approved in 2001. The approval also included truck and trailer rental. The property was zoned General Commercial at the time of application and remains General Commercial today. It was included in the River Rapids Overlay District shortly after it was constructed. The storage is indoors within a two story building.

Approved Facility

220 101st Avenue (Foley and 101st Avenue)
In November 2018, Council approved an amendment to a PUD to allow a 4-story indoor self-storage facility. The property has an underlying zoning of General Commercial. No outdoor storage was approved.

Pending Application

3021 124th Avenue
At their April 18 meeting the Planning Commission will be considering approval of a 3-story indoor self-storage facility. The property is zoned General Commercial.

Evaluation Process

Staff is proposing to inventory potential locations where new facilities may be built based on current zoning and regulations. A comparison with regulations from other suburban communities will also be conducted. A list of issues such as aesthetics, interior lighting, compatibility with surrounding uses and other issues identified by Council will be compiled; staff can then evaluate our current findings/standards to see if they adequately address those issues. Staff will follow up with Council at workshop meetings over the summer to present updates.
 
RECOMMENDATION
No specific action is required. Staff would like Council feedback and direction on this matter.

Attachments
Zoning Map
3476 Coon Rapids Blvd
9145 University Ave
9909 Vale St
10201 Woodcrest Dr
11365 Robinson Dr

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