Self-Storage Development Proposed for Vacant Lot in Vista, N.Y.

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A proposed self-storage development in Vista, N.Y., was nearly rejected in January by the city’s planning department because of ambiguity about the town’s codes.

Fisher & Kaplan Holding Corp. presented development plans for a self-storage facility to the city’s planning board Jan. 25. However, the planning board wasn’t certain the development was permitted under the Town Code.  City planners briefly put the application on hold while they discussed if a self-storage business fit one of the categories of businesses allowed in a general-business zoning district in the Town Code.

Planning board members debated whether self-storage qualified as a “personal service business” under the code. At least one planning board member said self-storage didn’t fit the definition. After some discussion and input from the city’s building inspector, the planning board determined self-storage is allowable under the Town Code.

The proposed development on the vacant .93-acre lot will include three building, ranging from 1,500 square feet to 3,370 square feet. The facility would include an access-controlled entry gate and video surveillance.

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