At Monday night’s meeting of the Woodstock City Council, the council approved a pair of conditional use permits to allow for the expansion of a self-storage facility.

According to City Planner Niwana Ray, the company, Life Storage, requested the permits so that not only could they expand the facility located at 3369 Trickum Road/42 Sycamore Lane to add more storage space, but also to allow for the outdoor storage of recreational vehicles on site.

“The company currently operates a facility of approximately 104,000 square feet on site, which is 94 percent occupied,” Ray said. “With this permit, they are looking to build a second building of 43,200 square feet of indoor self-storage. The second permit they have requested would allow them to have outdoor spaces for 12 RVs.”

Ray also said this use is consistent with the surrounding property uses and that both the Development Process Committee and the Planning Commission had recommended approval of both permits, although they had attached a few conditions to their recommendations. These conditions stated that the new building should be built to match the first building, chain link fencing would be allowed only on the southern edge of the property next to the RV parking spaces and along the rear of the building and landscaping along the road would include a six-foot tall ornamental black fence. In addition to the fence, Life Storage’s submitted plans depicted plants to be installed along the fence, which project engineer Jeff Edney said was to aid in screening the RV parking area.

The only concern any of the council members voiced came from Councilman Colin Ake, who said he wanted to be sure the facility would not add truck rentals to its business. Project Manager Tom Willett said the company had no plans for offering rental vehicles of this kind, but did say the company usually offers a single large van for customers to use when on site to help with loading and unloading of items.

“Would you be amenable to a condition prohibiting rental vehicles being offered on site?,” Ake asked. Willett agreed to the restriction.

A subsequent motion to approve both conditional use permits, including the recommendations forwarded by staff and with the condition that the van typically offered by the company for loading and unloading would be allowed on site, but not vehicles for rental, was approved by the council.

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