CANTON — Cherokee County commissioners have issued a 40-day moratorium on applications for new self-storage facilities in the county, and could soon extend the moratorium.
Commissioners unanimously approved the moratorium Tuesday, and it took effect immediately.
A moratorium is a temporary ban.
According to Cherokee County Community Development Director Brantley Day, this means any applications for any new self-storage facilities, including rezoning applications, special use permit applications, and variance applications, will not be accepted for 40 days.
Day said additional requirements may be needed because the board is concerned that “concise controls over the regulation of storage facilities may exist, affecting certain zoning districts and development standards.
The county has witnessed an increase in the number of proposed storage facilities projects over the past several years, with the filing of special use permit applications, land disturbance permits, building permits, and similar requests, Day said.
“The intent, I presume, is to improve the quality, appearance, sighting, screening, and other aspects such that mostly self-storage kinds of units have a better look in appearance and are less impactful to their surroundings,” Commissioner Chairman Harry Johnston said. “We did specifically exempt businesses where warehousing is a secondary part of the business where somebody has a business and there’s some warehousing activity associated with it, but warehousing is not the primary activity. Some of those are really important job creators in the economic development projects that we don’t want to interfere with.”
A public hearing on the moratorium is scheduled for the board’s Oct. 18 meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. at 1130 Bluffs Parkway in Canton. Commissioners will hear from the public and consider whether to extend the moratorium.