Faced with its first new business in quite some time, the Star Valley Town Council Tuesday night poured over every detail of a conditional use permit for Carl’s Towing.
However, it turned out Carl Plumb, owner of Carl’s Towing, had already been hard on himself, placing strict limits on the number of vehicles he planned to store on a two-acre lot across the street from town hall, at 3650 E. Highway 260.
“We were more lenient on them than they were on themselves,” said John Whetten, chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission, who approved the CUP before it was presented to council.
Originally, Plumb asked planning and zoning to approve a CUP for no more than 30 vehicles on the property for Carl’s Towing and storage business. This included his personal vehicles.
Whetten said this seemed extreme, given the size of the open lot, so the number was increased.
A CUP was issued to Plumb for one year with the following conditions:
• A member of town staff will inspect the site after no more than six months and anytime after a verified complaint. If there are no verified, non-corrected complaints regarding the CUP after one year, the permit will be renewed annually.
• Plumb will provide the town with a monthly report with the number of vehicles on site.
• No more than 45 vehicles will be on site for a maximum of 30 days each. No more than six abandoned vehicles will be stored on the property for an indefinite amount of time.
• All leaking vehicles will be stored on a concrete pad with a six-inch containment berm.
• Plumb will not use the property to salvage or resell parts or vehicles.
Plumb’s attorney Michael Harper said with all the conditions, there shouldn’t be any problems. “There have been misconceptions that it will be a junkyard,” he said. “But that is not what he plans to do. Mr. Plumb operates a towing company and has for a long time.” Plumb is charged with picking up any abandoned or impounded vehicles left on the highway.
Harper said Plumb worked hard to address any of the town’s concerns including the No. 1 concern — aesthetics. So no one has to look at many wrecked vehicles, Plumb installed a privacy fence at the front of the property.
“This has been a long process for Mr. Plumb. He is very anxious to start his business and I think this is a good thing for the town of Star Valley,” Harper said.
Plumb said he one day plans to open an auto/tire repair shop on site, which would generate additional sales tax revenue for the town.