Officials in Beaumont, California, are expected to lift an emergency moratorium on self-storage development next month and adopt new standards for future building requirements. Enacted in October 2019 and extended last fall, the ban curtailed new self-storage construction as well as the expansion of existing facilities, but was also broadly applied to any business that makes use of a storage yard, such as lumber companies and propane distributors, according to the source.
The new ordinance, aimed specifically at self-storage, is expected to address guidelines for landscaping and other visual buffers as well as security standards. It’ll preserve land zoned for residential use, but will allow storage businesses to be located nearby, Community Development Director Christina Taylor told the source. In addition, the city will look favorably at storage projects intended for irregular parcels where topography and environmental concerns prevent the construction of traditional, square buildings. City officials are mainly keen to prevent stored equipment and containers from being stacked taller than an 8-foot height restriction, Taylor said.
During a public hearing on June 15, Mayor Pro Tem Lloyd White told councilmembers he didn’t want the city to become too restrictive and discourage prospective businesses from coming to the area. The council unanimously adopted the ordinance on its first reading during the meeting, but the full process requires a second public hearing and reading before final passage.
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