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by Mark Cheffey
The Marion County Planning & Zoning Commission unanimously recommended a change in zoning that would allow a self-storage facility to expand west of Hannibal.
The recommendation now goes to the County Commission which has the final say-so on zoning changes. The commission would have taken the issue up this past Monday, but the regular meeting was cancelled.
The request is expected to be considered by the county commission this coming Monday morning.
Lee Atkins is seeking to rezone approximately five acres ,located north of his current storage facility, from agriculture to commercial to make room for 62 more units.
During the second hearing at the Marion County Courthouse in Palmyra last Thursday, Adkins said he planning to add some outside storage for trucks, RVs and boats since there is a growing demand for it.
He said that, in addition to a boom in the RV industry, many communities are barring on-street parking of trailers and boats, making more storage space necessary.
Adkins said he storage facility gets “good reviews” from customers and that he works hard to keep the place neat and clean of trash.
“If I see it, I get out and pick it up as much as I can,” Adkins said.
Kim Glenn, a neighboring landowner, continued to criticize the storage facility as an eyesore, and took issue with a lack of surrounding fencing and the addition of outside storage, contending they were both included in the original zoning agreement.
‘I only want to protect and safeguard our rights,” Glenn said.
The original zoning agreement for the storage facility was under some dispute.
Glenn read from what she said were minutes from the planning and zoning meeting five years ago that included an agreed-to fence around the property and no outside storage allowed.
However, zoning commissioners Thursday questioned whether the county commission agreed to the stipulations when the zoning change was approved.