The Parma, Ohio, City Council voted unanimously on Feb. 18 to impose a six-month moratorium on new self-storage development. The ordinance was proposed by councilmember Kristin Saban after the city was approached several times by developers interested in building on an overflow parking used by Parma Lutheran Church. The city will use the stay to assess how to address self-storage proposals going forward, according to the source.
“I’m not anti-business,” Saban told fellow councilors. “Economic development is extremely important. It’s just we want to make sure it’s a good fit for the residents. They don’t want to come out of their homes and look at storage bins.”
Parma is served by about six self-storage facilities, mostly in the commercial and manufacturing areas off of Brookpark Road. “We believe it would be a smart move to hit the pause button on storage-unit facilities and take a look at our zoning code as to how best to address the number of these facilities [within] our city,” Mayor Tim DeGeeter said during the meeting.
Among the mayor’s concerns are a lack of income tax generated by storage businesses. “These facilities are not economically viable from that standpoint,” he said.
Cleveland.com, Parma City Council Passes Six-Month Moratorium on Self-Storage Facilities