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City nixes talk on accessory building code

October 4, 2011

By CARL SMITH
sdnnews@bellsouth.net

The Starkville Board of Aldermen pulled items B and D listed under “Board Business” — the consideration of public hearings in regard to an ordinance regulating accessory structures and the zoning, proximity and signage issues related to “payday loan” businesses within the city — off of the city’s agenda before the board meeting began.
During its Aug. 2 meeting, the board authorized City Planner Ben Griffith to research and develop requirements for the usage and locations of accessory structures.
The language of the ordinance’s first draft prevented these structures from being used as dwellings and commercial businesses. Also under the ordinance, no more than two accessory structures would be allowed on any parcel, and they would have to blend aesthetically with the surrounding primary structures.
Ward 5 Alderman Jeremiah Dumas made the proposal during the Aug. 2 meeting, saying it was in the city’s best interest to not allow storage buildings to be used as primary locations for businesses. On Monday, Dumas asked for the ordinance’s discussion to be removed.
“It needs further study,” Dumas said. “My original intent was for commercial establishments. We have to look into the language regarding residential areas which is tied into the ordinance.
The board also voted 5-2 to approve Michael Kraker’s request for a planned unit development located on the north side of East Garrard Road, west of Old West Point Road in Ward 5 — the southwest corner of the former Pilkington trailer park.
Variance issues with street width, sidewalks and density will be sent to the board of adjustment and appeals.
In its approval, the board agreed the opening of a Garrard Road extension served as a change in character to the area and the comments gathered during planning and zoning hearings constituted public need.
The board also unanimously approved a request by Bonds of Love Ministry to allow a place of worship in a building zoned C-2 commercial in Ward 5.
The board approved the conditional zoning change after City Attorney Chris Latimer said any nearby restaurants already in operation will still be able to serve alcohol despite their proximity to a place of worship as long as the restaurants in question are not closed for longer than six months.

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