P&Z Commission postpones action on residential parking ordinance, sends K-Mac request for Taco Bell conditional use permit to aldermen

By Dave Marner, Managing Editor
Posted 8/27/21

Long-awaited changes to residential parking regulations for utility trailers will wait a little longer after proposed changes to city ordinance were postponed by the city’s Planning and Zoning …

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P&Z Commission postpones action on residential parking ordinance, sends K-Mac request for Taco Bell conditional use permit to aldermen

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Long-awaited changes to residential parking regulations for utility trailers will wait a little longer after proposed changes to city ordinance were postponed by the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

Noel Arnold, new to the commission since July, had several concerns about the proposed changes including regulating time limits for parking various utility trailers in residential areas.

“We’ve been pushing this six months,” Tom Lahmeyer, commission chairman told Arnold. “We’re trying to help utility trailer guys who use it two or three days a week.”

Deputy City Clerk Peggy Farrell, who handles clerk duties for P&Z, said she met previously with Arnold and gave her a year’s worth of minutes to help her get caught up with pending commission agenda items they are scheduled to address.

Lahmeyer suggested they could approve the proposed language in section 400.300 of city code pertaining to storage of vehicles and then “come back and add to it” if they wished.

Arnold noted at one point in the 45-minute meeting that there were “too many abbreviations” in the documents.

Lahmeyer suggested they “let the members wait a month, talk with Peggy, set up a time and meet with (city engineer) Travis (Hernandez)” to get a better understanding of the issue if there were concerns.

There was a review of what they commission has attempted to do with the changes to the ordinance. They have compromised on setting a six-vehicle limit to one residence. They’ve added “surfacing material” to requirements of having a parking pad for vehicles stored in side or back yards. They’ve drafted language including campers, RVs, vehicles, and boats.

Farrell noted any changes now would require a rewrite of the ordinance and review by legal counsel. Again. And, another public hearing since changes are being made to an ordinance.

“We’d have to have a public hearing just to approve this,” she told the commissioners noting it was “just one section” they were attempting to change.

“Rehash it or do it over…” said Lahmeyer allowing his thought to trail off before adding, “we’ve kicked the can down the road trying to make it better.”

Farrell noted Lahmeyer should “postpone” further discussion to the Sept. 27 meeting since as tabling discussion implies it will come back up as an action item later in the meeting.

It was not coming back and the matter was postponed until Monday, Sept. 27. Steve Hobein was the only other appointed P&Z member present. All four elected aldermen and the mayor were present.

The issue was postponed until next month.

P&Z members on Monday also forwarded a recommendation to the Board of Aldermen to schedule a 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, public hearing on issuing a conditional use permit to K-Mac Enterprises, Inc., to tear down the old Hardee’s building to build a Taco Bell restaurant on the site. The vote was 3-0.

A conditional use permit is required in city codes for operating a fast food business on a commercially zoned tract of land. Farrell explained the new landowner is required to obtain the permit even though there was previously a fast food restaurant on the site.

“Conditional use permitting follows the business, not the property,” said Farrell. A 14-day advertising period is required for the public hearing and the hearing is announced in this week’s Republican.

Bill Terry, senior project manager for Weihe Engineers out of Chesterfield, Mo., was in attendance on behalf of K-Mac’s Jim Moore who purchased the property back in May 2021 from Alvin and Theresa Ehrhardt.

P&Z members had access to a nine-page handout of a “partial set” of plans for the Endevour 2.0 drive-through restaurant which included a Taco Bell logo and site renditions of interior and exterior views.

Terry told commissioners they hoped to be completed by the end of the year. “That’s the goal. As soon as we get our permits we’re ready to go.” He assured Noel Arnold the overhead, 90-degree lighting, would not shine off of the property. The new building will resemble one in Cuba, Mo., but “with more purple trim,” said Terry. 

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