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Zoning change for contractors considered
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Katie Kemezis

McMinnville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen will be considering a change to its zoning code as it pertains to where general contractors and specialty contractors can be located within the city limits. 

Regional Planning Commission is recommending a change that would allow general contractors and specialty contractors within two commercial districts.

“We have received two requests in the last year or so from contractors to build a primary structure in a C-2 commercial zone that would actually be for storage – storing their equipment and storing their gear – and maybe a small space for an office,” said city planner Katie Kemezis, to members of the Planning Commission. “It’s really about having a place to store their gear during the day and park their trucks overnight, that kind of thing.”

Current district guidelines mention general contractors and specialty contractors within areas designated as industrial only. 

“We interpret that to mean that it’s not an acceptable use in a commercial zone,” said Kemezis. 

Kemezis suggested the city allow such contractors to locate in C-2 and C-3 zones under the following guidelines:

“General contractors and specialty contractors offices and enclosed storage: 1) All activities completely enclosed within a building or buildings; 2) Storage shall not occupy more than 60% of the total gross square foot of building or, in the case of multiple buildings, of all buildings combined; 3) A floor plan and site plan shall be submitted; 4) Outdoor storage of building materials and equipment is profited.”

Jerry Williamson stated, “I feel like we need to encourage everyone all that we can to develop and do things and still protect the area as best we can. It’s a fine line.”

Said homebuilder Connan Jones, “I would rather give opportunities, not take them away. I think this is a good way to do it.”

Commission members gave unanimous approval for the change to city zoning code as it pertains to general contractors and specialty contractors. Its recommendation will be sent to the full Board of Mayor and Aldermen for consideration.