Stor­age unit plan OKd by city

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - FRONT PAGE - AN­NETTE BEARD abeard@nwadg.com

A large scale de­vel­op­ment plan was ap­proved for the Pick­ens Road Stor­age be­ing de­vel­oped by RKR Prop­er­ties at the reg­u­lar Plan­ning Com­mis­sion Tues­day, Oct. 3.

Plan­ners did not take ac­tion on two other re­quests which were on the agenda as there was no one present to speak on the re­quests. One was a home oc­cu­pa­tion re­quest for 702 Drew Lane from Katherine Gastineau. The other re­quest was for a “con­tainer home” by Jonathan Belew with a struc­ture mov­ing re­quest.

City build­ing of­fi­cial Tony Townsend said the city does not have any spe­cific guide­lines for a con­tainer or tiny home. He said the re­quest fits in the or­di­nance for mov­ing a struc­ture.

“This cube is al­ready built,” Townsend said. “They just need to add elec­tric and plumb­ing and out­side fin­ishes.”

De­vel­oper Kevin Fel­gen­hauer and his wife, Linda, were in the au­di­ence and asked to speak to the is­sue not­ing that there are covenants in the sub­di­vi­sion where Belew wants to place the con­tainer.

“We own three of the lots,” Mrs. Fel­gen­hauer said. “We all built per that covenant.”

“When he sub­mit­ted it, he said

he didn’t have a lot picked out,” Townsend said.

“It would take five to eight con­tain­ers and a garage to meet the covenants,” Fel­gen­hauer said.

“We can’t help you with covenants,” Dr. Karen Sher­man said, re­fer­ring to a re­cent home oc­cu­pa­tion re­quest that vi­o­lated sub­di­vi­sion covenants and for which a le­gal opin­ion was sought. City of­fi­cials were in­formed that the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion is not re­spon­si­ble for en­forc­ing covenants.

The Plan­ning Com­mis­sion meets on the first Tues­day of the month in City Hall.

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