Auto repair

Spencer Board plans to change zoning constraints on auto repair shop – Salisbury Post

SPENCER — At the Spencer Board of Aldermen meeting on Tuesday evening, Steve Blount, the town’s chief planning officer, addressed ongoing issues with the New Edge paint and repair shop on Salisbury Avenue.

Company owner Michael King obtained a conditional zoning permit for the business in December after it began operating from an unzoned facility for vehicle maintenance and repair.

Since receiving the permit, which has several restrictive conditions, King said he felt like the city didn’t want him there, neighbors complained he didn’t follow the conditions. and city officials tried to find a way to meet in the middle.

At its meeting last month, the board raised the issue of persistent complaints that the company was not complying with the conditional agreement that allowed it to remain open. On Tuesday evening, Blount said in particular that the concern he heard the most was about cars parked outside the business after hours.

“At this time, Mr. King is in compliance,” Blount said. “There is only one ‘show’ car parked out front overnight. During the day, employee and customer cars are parked in front, but at night only one.

Blount said he would encourage the city to work with King to change some of the conditions originally placed on the business, such as changing the business hours restriction from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to a constant 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“As a business owner, I think the hours he’s currently allowed is a ridiculously short period,” Blount said.

He also suggested addressing the wide right-of-way on 60-foot Second Avenue, which means half of the company’s side yard is unavailable to King.

“He could extend the privacy fence on that side and park six more cars there,” Blount said. When asked, he said the fence should be at least 6 feet high, but would be best at 8.

“We continue to dance around the issue,” Alderman Sam Morgan said. “The truth is his business is too big for the package. The property is also in the historic district, if I’m not mistaken. You can’t put that many vehicles there, and you can’t filter properly because of the hold. It shouldn’t have been approved in the first place. You cannot put a square peg in a round hole.

However, it was reiterated that the city had approved the rezoning in December and that the city wanted King’s business.

It was also pointed out that if King does not comply in the future, a warning will be issued with a time limit for correction, and if not corrected, a fine will be imposed, but not on King. It will go to the owner.

Blount said the city has several options, but he urged council to consider reopening the conditional use permit and making changes.

Mayor Jonathan Williams called for a motion to reopen the permit and hold a public hearing, and Blount said if the posting could be done in time, they could discuss it at next month’s meeting.

“I don’t dispute that the land is smaller than optimal for this business, but restrictions like this are not a business you want to get into,” said Blount, who said that his job was to try to find compromises to help King stay open. and the race were “herculean”.