County Commission considers beer and wine tours, other zoning changes | Local news
In a series of public hearings, Franklin County commissioners discussed the inclusion of brewery and vineyard tours in the county’s zoning code.
They also reviewed the rules for temporary storage in the unincorporated county.
The commissioners acted on the recommendations of the county planning and zoning commission. Final decisions are expected in several weeks.
No one in the audience spoke about any of the county’s proposals during the hearings.
For-profit educational use
The county is considering adding a land use classification of “for-profit educational use”. County planning director Scottie Eagan said this involved using buildings or land for group programs such as exercise classes, wine education and teaching the arts.
Businesses designated as “for-profit educational use” would fall under several zoning designations, including “W,” which covers churches, convenience stores and parks – and “B”, which includes large mixed-use facilities such as housing estates, hospitals and hotels.
The changes would add visits to wineries, breweries and distilleries as an incidental use, Eagan said. “We’re getting more and more calls from these little microbreweries and wineries that we have in the county that want to run tours, and we’ve never had a rating for that,” she said. “So we added that. “
While the county planning commission unanimously recommended the measure, it asked why the change to “educational use for profit” did not specify animal training courses, Eagan said.
Second District Commissioner Dave Hinson asked if there was a specific classification for Purina Farms, which trains animals near Gray Summit.
Eagan said Purina Farms was classified under the “sales of services” category, which is only allowed in more commercial districts.
Presidential Commissioner Tim Brinker said he saw no need to change the new policy. “” If someone has to educate / keep the dog or the cat or any animal, people will bring these animals to train and leave the animal. “
Temporary mobile storage
The Planning and Zoning Department, which works with the Planning and Zoning Commission, is also proposing changes to temporary mobile storage. The changes would allow temporary mobile storage for up to a year in railcars, freight containers and semi-trailers if someone has a valid building permit.
The county currently does not have a policy on temporary storage, Eagan said.
The proposal would allow one container per lot of land.
Hinson said he knew of at least six farms in the county that stored hay and straw in tractor-trailers.
“You like to store it on the floor,” he said. “They’ve probably been sitting there for over 20 years. What are you doing about it? “
Eagan said those trailers are already technically in violation, but because the code’s enforcement is complaints-driven, officials won’t be aware of a potential issue until it is reported.
The county’s current plan calls for all existing temporary storage structures to be given a year before they are in violation again, Eagan said.
Brinker suggested creating an exception for agricultural uses.
Eagan said most of the mobile storage complaints the county receives are for smaller lots in dense areas, while Hinson said the farms are 100 acres or more.
“Somehow we have to be able to solve this problem,” he said.