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Three ordinances update parking requirements, create ‘overlay’ zone, Planned Industrial District

By Bill Short

Flag City LogoThe Millington Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously passed three ordinances on final reading this week that update parking requirements, create an “overlay” zone and a Planned Industrial District.
Board members took the actions during their Sept. 14 regular monthly meeting shortly after a public hearing was conducted on each ordinance. All three were unanimously passed on first reading last month.
Charles Goforth, planning consultant for the city, told the board at its Aug. 10 meeting that the first ordinance is an “overall update” to the parking requirements to make them “more consistent” with other municipalities in the area.
He noted that Millington had required a 10-foot-wide parking space, while 9 feet was the minimum width in all the other communities.
“If you were building a business with 100 parking spaces,” he said, “it was going to cost you quite a bit more to have a business in Millington. So, it’s just a matter of consistency, and then getting more clear regulations on what’s required.”
Goforth recalled that the board previously funded a study to determine the type of development it wants along Veterans Parkway.
While noting that the study presented specific recommendations, he said one was to reduce the front-yard setbacks in that area. That would allow businesses to be more “urban” in scale, closer to the sidewalk, with parking to the rear and sides.
Because the recommendations have never been approved, Goforth said the second ordinance adopts that as an “overlay.” It also establishes a boundary, where everything within that area can use the “lesser” front-yard setbacks.
“It does carry some additional design guidelines for landscaping in this area, since that’s a very visible part of our community,” he noted. “We want to try to dress that area up and make it better for development.”
The ordinance states that the Veterans Parkway Corridor Study is a component of a Comprehensive Plan adopted by the board and the Millington Planning Commission as a guide for development within this defined area.
The purpose of the overlay zone is to incorporate the study’s recommendations and provide for future “orderly and sustainable growth” within the corridor.
Goforth noted that Millington has three industrial zoning districts. The M-2, General Industrial District, includes the Regional Jetport and the Industrial Development Board property.
But M-2 allowed some potential uses, such as mini-storage facilities or sexually oriented businesses, that Goforth said would be “objectionable” in the development of that area.
“The thing that it didn’t allow was an airport,” he said, “which is kind of interesting, since there’s an airport there. So, we’ve come up with a new Planned Industrial District.”
Goforth noted that the Jetport has some M-2 property, and the IDB also has a strip of property along Bethuel Road that is zoned B-2, General Commercial. He said the third ordinance will re-zone those properties to the new classification.
“We’ve worked with the IDB and the airport on this,” he said. “Actually, it was their recommendation to include the commercial property in this, as well as the industrial property.”
The ordinance states that the new M-P District will allow planned industrial development consisting of several buildings with “harmonious” design. The principal uses will be manufacturing, assembling, fabrication, warehousing and others that are “customary” to the development of high-quality industrial areas.
The district will be accessible to major transportation routes, and it will locate industrial activities on “desirable” parcels with “carefully arranged” landscaping, traffic systems, parking and loading facilities.
All buildings and structures located within the “approach” zone of the Jetport runway will be subject to the regulations pertaining to such a zone.

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