A proposed self-storage development in Plymouth, Pa., received zoning approval from city council members on Monday despite protests from community members. With a 4-to-1 vote, the Plymouth Township Council also agreed to a zoning text amendment to allow self-storage in the limited industrial zone on a 7.8-acre parcel off Chemical Road.
More than 13 residents attended the meeting, with several voicing their concerns about the project. They questioned how customers would access the facility and whether self-storage was the best use for the site. In addition, resident Christina Scanlan presented council members with a petition signed by 14 residents against the zoning change.
This isn’t the first time residents objected to development of the parcel, which is bordered by Chemical, Shasta and King roads. They opposed the development of an 82-bed, four-story hotel when it was presented to the city in 2011. The Plymouth Zoning Hearing Board and Plymouth Planning Agency rejected the proposal in 2011. The decision was appealed that year by Prime Hotels Inc. to the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court in a land-use lawsuit. A revised proposal that relocated the hotel further from the residential homes was offered in 2012, but it also was rejected by the zoning board.
Plymouth Township Planner Ken Amey explained during the council meeting that uses other than self-storage could be permitted under the limited industrial district, but because the parcel has split zoning, a developer would need variances to develop the entire parcel. The text amendment approved by the council requires any building over 30 feet high to be at least 200 feet from a residential zone. If less than 30 feet high, it would need to be 100 feet away.