February 7, 2016

Commission tables car lot decisions

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Members of the Gardner Planning Commission tabled a decision that will determine whether a car lot, located on south Gardner Road, can continue its operations. During an April 23 meeting, commissioners expressed reluctance to deny a re-zoning that Tyrone Jones, owner of the used car business, said would cost him his livelihood. Continue Reading

Planning commission approves 2013 schedule

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Members of the Gardner Planning Commission approved a calendar for 2013 in a very brief meeting on Nov. 27. Next year, the commission will continue to meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month, with the exception of January. Once every seven years, the January meeting is moved to accommodate the Gardner Continue Reading

QuikTrip plans still in the works

QuikTrip developers provided a rendering of the store they propose to build in Gardner. Rendering courtesy of the city of Gardner Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com There’s no truth to the rumors that a planned QuikTrip Convenience store in Gardner is being scrapped. Amy Kynard, Gardner city planner, told planning commissioners that as far as she knows Continue Reading

Planning commission approves proposed outdoor storage codes

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Planning commissioners debated the merits of amending city codes related to outdoor storage during a meeting March 27. Gardner City Planner Amy Kynard told commissioners the existing code allows outdoor storage in industrial zoned districts, but it doesn’t define outdoor storage or lot surface requirements. She presented staff recommended code changes to Continue Reading

Planning Commission approves rail construction company site plan

Danedri Thompson submissions@gardnernews.com Gardner Planning Commissioners approved a site plan for Trac-Work, a railroad construction and repair company, Monday night. The approval will allow the company to build a 2,400 square-foot building and a large storage, gravel lot for storing railroad ties and rails at 811 Creekside Drive. In the end, the commission’s blessing on Continue Reading

Planning Commission will address comp update in 2012

Danedri Thompson submissions@gardnernews.com Gardner Planning Commissioners will table further discussions about updating the city’s comprehensive plan until after the new year. “I would hesitate to go too much further without public involvement,” Amy Kynard, city planner, told the planning commission on Tuesday. In August, commissioners discussed incorporating the existing city-adopted plans and studies, including the Continue Reading

Planning commission approves senior apartment complex

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com With a 5-1 margin and against the recommendations of city staff, the Gardner Planning Commission voted to advance the O’Connor property plans to the city council for approval. Mike and Joyce O’Connor, owners of the property at 318 Center Street, have proposed demolishing the existing home on that site and replacing it Continue Reading

Developers asked to reconsider design plans

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com The owners of 318 Center, LLC, were sent back to the drawing board following a March 22 planning commission meeting. Commissioners recommended changes to a proposed condominium project they hope to construct on property located at 318 S. Center Street. Mike and Joyce O’Connor, operating as 318 Center, LLC, hope to tear Continue Reading

Planning Commission debates patio at Austin’s

Amy Cunningham acunningham@gardnernews.com With a stern lecture to the project architect and the owner of the Moonlight Commons strip mall, at Tuesday night’s planning commission meeting, commissioners had the opportunity to slap the owners of Austin’s Bar and Grill on the wrists for not following approved plans to a T on construction of a $100,000 Continue Reading