A kennel that predates zoning in Nicholson will be allowed to remain in operation under a conditional use permit (CUP), the Nicholson City Council decided Thursday night.
The council voted to accept the recommendation of its planning commission in regard to the future of Tara’s Place, 490 James Maxwell Road. The kennel was built on the 1.25-acre lot prior to Nicholson passing a zoning ordinance, so while it is in a suburban residential zoning, it was grandfathered in.
The sale of the property precipitated the zoning request — for either “neighborhood highway” designation or the CUP.
John Ring, chairman of the planning commission, said the planners decided against the business classification, because that would open use of the property to “any commercial entity.” “And it’s definitely a residential subdivision,” he pointed out.
Allowing the business to operate under a CUP means the new owner can continue to operate a kennel, but no other commercial use can take place on the property. Furthermore, if more than half of the property is damaged — by fire or storm, for example — the property reverts to suburban residential zoning.
The planning commission decision was 4-0 on the recommendation, Ring pointed out.
Ring’s comments came in a zoning “hearing.” Immediately after the hearing, Mayor Ronnie Maxwell called the Nicholson City Council to order, where upon Jan Webster made a motion to accept the planning commission’s recommendation on the CUP. The council supported the motion unanimously.
For the full story, see the July 30 issue of The Commerce News.
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