Provision Self-Storage has won approval from commissioners in Baldwin County, Ala., on a zoning change that will allow the company to pursue a retail development on 4 acres of vacant land along Rebel Road. The company’s proposal includes a lawnmower-sales and -repair shop in addition to self-storage, according to the source.
The commission unanimously agreed to change the zoning from that of a professional business district to a neighborhood district, despite a petition submitted by residents who oppose the project. Residents in nearby Belforest, an unincorporated community outside of Daphne, Ala., cited concerns over the look of the self-storage facility, increased traffic from moving trailers along Rebel Road, and stormwater-runoff issues associated with the development, the source reported.
Commissioner Chris Elliott called the project appropriate for the land and downplayed the impact of potential traffic increases.
The proposed project includes a 4,000-square-foot showroom for lawnmower sales. The project is similar to a Provision Self-Storage facility along Alabama Route 181, according to the source.
A portion of Route 181 was widened in 2011, prompting an increase in residential development and traffic volume in this particular area of the county, the source reported. The county’s master plan includes the area for future development.