Commercial Storage Containers May Face Restrictions in Springfield, Mo.

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The city council in Springfield, Mo., is again considering regulations on the commercial use of self-storage containers—detached semi-truck trailers or large, dedicated containers planted on parking lots.

In 2006, the city held a dozen public meetings and drafted several ordinances, but the issue was tabled in 2008. Council members discussed aesthetics and safety, and battled business owners who were against increased regulations. A new roster of council members is now considering the issue again.

Recently, the city’s planning and development director presented the council with a pair of draft ordinances. The city must first add the definitions of “storage containers” and “storage trailers” to the city’s fire code. The second proposed ordinance amends the city's land development code. 

The ordinance states containers must comply with existing building requirements such as setbacks, easements and perimeter landscaping areas. They can be placed in parking lots, but cannot block line of sight at intersections. A public forum to discuss the ordinances will be held this month.

Source:  News-Leader,  Draft Ordinances Address Use of Storage Containers in Springfield

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