McPherson Mini-Storage plans to add three more buildings to the south of its current buildings at 820 E. First St.

McPherson Mini-Storage plans to add three more buildings to the south of its current buildings at 820 E. First St.
The expansion will face a protest period and must gain approval for a zoning change.
The business was originally built under an R3 residential zoning permit. Planning and Zoning Administrator Tom Stinemetze said the city eventually changed all storage unit zoning to B4 business and commercial.
“The city concluded that, since these were businesses, the residential classification was inappropriate,” Stinemetze said.
As a storage unit facility built before the zoning change, McPherson Mini-Storage was grandfathered in, allowing it to remain in business. Stinemetze said the zoning classification change could cause the business grief under certain circumstances.
“If the business was destroyed,” Stinemetze said, “they couldn’t rebuild there because of the change.”
As required by state law, there also will be a public hearing in regards to the expansion plans, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the McPherson Municipal Center.
The purpose of the public hearing is to explain the plans and receive thoughts and concerns from area residents.
State law also requires a mailing notifying residents living within 200 feet of the proposed construction site of the construction plans as well as the time, date and location of the public hearing. That notification was mailed last week.
Stinemetze said those who live within that 200 foot zone can file a legal protest should they have an issue with the construction plans. Legal protest forms are available from the planning commission office at 400 E. Kansas Ave.
Legal protests must be notarized and returned to the planning commission. If 20 percent of the surrounding landowners or more file legal protests, the motion to approve construction would have to be passed by a three-quarters majority of the city commission.
As McPherson has only three commissioners, it would require a unanimous decision.
If no legal protest threatens the construction, a standard majority approval will suffice.
State law requires a 14-day wait between the public hearing and presentation to the city commission to allow adequate time for legal protest. Should there be no legal protest, the planning commission will decide on the zoning classification change on Nov. 19, with the city commission voting on final approval Nov. 25.
McPherson Mini-Storage owner Larry Smith said he felt the process was coming along fine.
“I’m sure it’ll work out fine,” Smith said. “Everyone’s positive, and right now we’re just working through the process.”

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