Emerson council issues moratorium on conditional use permits
by Neil B. McGahee
Jul 29, 2014 | 1749 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Emerson City Council declined to approve a request from Mad Dog Headers, an automobile accessory manufacturer, to rezone the property at 105 Second St. from C-1, neighborhood retail commercial, to C-2, community retail commercial.

“Our regulations say that C-2 use shall not be established on a lot which is adjacent to or directly across the street from any single-family residential unit,” Councilman Charles Lowry said. “On two sides of the building there are single-family homes. Is there not someplace else you can go to manufacture your product other than in the middle of a residential district? I’m sorry but I can’t go along with it. I regretfully must oppose it.”

Lowry made a motion to deny the request, which had been approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission, but no one would second the motion. After no motion was made to approve the request, it died on the floor.

In a prior work session, the council discussed the influx of new businesses — hotels, restaurants and other retail outlets — around the LakePoint project. Lowry noted that the growth would result in a flood of conditional use permits in the areas surrounding the project.

“I think we should issue a moratorium on conditional use permits for the next six months,” he said. “We need some time to create guidelines to go by when issuing these permits.”

The moratorium was approved unanimously.

In other business, the council:

• Was shown the final plat map of LakePoint’s south campus.

• Learned from City Manager Kevin McBurnett that a test well drilled last month within the city produced more than a million gallons of water a day. When a municipal well is drilled, it may provide as much as 2 million gallons a day providing the city with much-needed revenue.

• Learned that Love’s, a travel center adjacent to LakePoint, submitted plans for an 80-room, 16,000-square-foot hotel on its property.

Emerson City Council’s next meeting will be on Monday, Aug. 11, at 7 p.m. at city hall.