Planning Commission Loosens Storage Rules

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The Payson Planning Commission this week gave American Sales and Products a pat on the back and loosened the rules on outside displays and storage — the latest evidence the town would rather give a business a break than be a stickler for the code.

The commission approved a conditional use permit for the company, which stores equipment and merchandise on its property at 1400 N. Beeline Highway.

Town code enforcement officials had cited the business for storing equipment and displays outside the building and putting up a fence without a permit, including review by the Design Review Board.

So the business owner had appealed to the planning commission for a conditional use permit, to let him store stuff in an outside area visible from the street, that didn’t quite conform to the restrictions in the town’s building code.

The planning staff recommended approval of the request with a number of conditions, including the owner comply with requirements of Design Review, keep items stored at least 50 feet from the lot line fronting on the highway and combine two freestanding signs into one.

The loosening of the rules would apply only to the current business and the current owner.

The planning commission approved that recommendation on a 7-0 vote.

The waiver wouldn’t affect other properties in town, but does signal a shift for a town struggling to hang onto existing business while recruiting new ones — and outliving a one-time reputation as unfriendly to development.

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