Ordinance provides definitions, standards for auto dealerships, mobile home sales

The Oakland Board of Mayor and Aldermen has passed an ordinance on final reading that provides standards for automotive dealerships and mobile home sales.
Board members took the action during their Nov. 19 regular monthly meeting on a motion offered by Alderman John Troncone and seconded by Alderman Kelly Rector.
The ordinance was recommended by the Oakland Municipal Planning Commission. It amends Article II of the Municipal Zoning Ordinance by adding 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 can 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 are not considered farm machinery under this definition.
In Article VI, the uses permitted in B-2, Highway-Oriented Business districts, are amended as follows:
Portable building sales will require a minimum lot area of 1 acre.
Automobile dealerships and farm implement sales will require:
(1) a 5-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 will 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 will 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 will be required on each side of the lot, if no side yard is required for individual compartments constructed as part of an attached structure development.
But all applicable Zoning Ordinance requirements will have to be complied with, including access and parking provisions. And all city and state building, fire and other applicable safety codes will have to be met.
If the lot adjoins a residential district, a minimum setback of 20 feet will be required.
Town Planner Chris Pate has said that, under the previous ordinance, only 20,000 square feet was required for any use in a B-2 district. So, business owners could convert their commercial properties to those uses for every 20,000 square feet.
Pate has said the new ordinance will 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 has noted, “that will be somewhat of a buffer on that type of development.”