Ordinance would provide definitions, standards for automotive dealerships, mobile home sales

The Oakland Board of Mayor and Aldermen has unanimously passed an ordinance on first reading that would provide standards for automotive dealerships and mobile home sales.
Board members took the action during their Oct. 15 regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman Kelly Rector and seconded by Alderman Billy Ray Morris.
The proposed ordinance, recommended by the Oakland Municipal Planning Commission, is scheduled for a public hearing and final reading at the board’s Nov. 19 meeting.
It would amend Article II of the Municipal Zoning Ordinance to add the following definitions:
(1) Automotive dealership – Any business establishment that sells or leases new or used automobiles, trucks, vans, trailers, recreational vehicles, boats, motorcycles or other similar motorized transportation vehicles. The dealership could maintain an inventory of the vehicles for sale or lease and provide on-site facilities for their repair and service.
(2) Farm Implement Sales – A specialized retail facility that is limited to the sale and repair of farm machinery, including tractors, farm implements, combines, loaders, applicators and their accessories. Lawn mowers would not be considered farm machinery under this definition.
In Article VI, the uses permitted in B-2, Highway-Oriented Business districts, would be amended as follows:
Portable building sales would require a minimum lot area of 1 acre.
Automobile dealerships and farm implement sales would require:
(1) a 10-acre minimum lot area;
(2) a 200-foot minimum lot width at the building line;
(3) a 75-foot minimum front yard, rear yard and side yard on each side of the lot.
Mobile/modular home sales would require:
(1) a 20-acre minimum lot area;
(2) a 500-foot minimum lot width at the building line;
(3) a 200-foot minimum front yard, rear yard and side yard on each side of the lot.
All other uses would need only 20,000 square feet of lot area, a 100-foot minimum lot width at the building line, a 30-foot front yard and a 20-foot rear yard.
A 10-foot side yard would be required on each side of the lot, if no side yard was required for individual compartments constructed as part of an attached structure development.
But all applicable Zoning Ordinance requirements would have to be complied with, including access and parking provisions. And all city and state building, fire and other applicable safety codes would have to be met.
If the lot adjoined a residential district, a minimum setback of 20 feet would be required.
During discussion shortly before the vote, Town Planner Chris Pate said that, under the current ordinance, only 20,000 square feet is required for any use in a B-2 district. So, business owners could start converting their commercial properties to those uses for every 20,000 square feet.
Pate said the proposed ordinance would make it “more legitimate” for those uses, based on the space needed for them to operate.
“And if the price of land on Highway 64 continues at its current value,” he concluded, “that will be somewhat of a buffer on that type of development.”