Officials in the District of Squamish, British Columbia, Canada, are considering a series of zoning changes, including a ban on new self-storage developments. The proposal would allow self-storage businesses to expand existing facilities but restrict against new locations, according to the source.
“It is a fairly profitable business, but it is not productive. It doesn’t create jobs,” John Chapman, a district planner said during an open-house meeting last week. “We understand there is a demand for it, and we should have mini-storage facilities in Squamish; but rather than expand this … one-level, low-density style to additional parcels, if there is extra demand, they can densify and build maybe up higher.”
Julie Kelly, owner of Mountainview Storage in nearby Pemberton, British Columbia, also spoke in favor of the plan. “It’s a good idea. To flood the market with any one business is not sustainable,” she said. “The success of small businesses depends on it.”
Officials are also considering a zoning change that would allow light-industrial uses along Paco Road and changing some definitions to clarify what is meant by “common open space” and “private open space,” the source reported. Other changes could include a restriction on drive-through businesses and increasing the requirement for office space in mixed-use buildings downtown.
The district council will consider the changes sometime after Jan. 1. Officials will accept public comment on the amendments until Jan. 3.
- The Squamish Chief: Proposed Zoning Changes Would Restrict Mini-Storage Businesses