November 22, 2014

Commission approves 5-Star renovations

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
After a lengthy discussion about the merits of black-powdered coated chain-link fencing and tubular steel fencing, Gardner planning commissioners decided the latter would be a requirement for 5-Star Trucking’s site plan.
The trucking company owns a 2.16 acre site at 604 W. Main Street and plans to remodel and expand an existing building on the property. The building would house office space and a larger, gated parking lot would store trucks. The renovated property would also include a fuel storage tank and a tire storage area.
Initial plans called for a black coated chain-link fence and gate across the front of the property, but commissioner Dan Popp did not like the idea of using a chain-link fence. He worried that the fencing choice would be highly visible as the property sits on a major thoroughfare – U.S. Highway 56 – at the edge of town.
“We’re getting ready to tell
people that this is the level of design we’re going to accept,” Popp said.
He suggested that 5-Star Trucking consider using tubular-steel fencing instead.
Commissioner Jason Burnett said city planners have already allowed the black-coated chain-link fencing. He cited the aquatic center’s fencing as an example.
“I’m not saying that I like it, but that has been our standard,” Burnett said.
Planner Amy Kynard told the commission that legally they can make specific requirements based on a number of things like location.
Commissioner Mark Godwin said the renovations will improve upon what is already there.
“It’s not exactly a pride point in our city,” Godwin said.
The owner of a neighboring property requested that the commission do whatever possible to mitigate light, noise and air pollution. She also worried about water run-off.
5-Star Trucking’s proposal would include a shadow-box, wood fencing, trees and landscaping on the western edge of the property, which borders residential housing.
However, commissioners were primarily concerned with fencing along the front side of the property, which will be visible to traffic on Main Street.
Commissioners approved a preliminary and final plat for the property and a site plan with a number of stipulations including a tubular steel gate on the front of the property and lighting requirements.
In other business, the planning commission:
• tabled a site plan for First Light Church construction on west 175th Street.
• learned that commissioner Andy Copeland, who did not attend the meeting, will be moving outside of city limits in March. He will serve on the commission until he moves.

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