The Middleburg Heights, Ohio, City Council has enacted a six-month moratorium on new self-storage development. The Oct. 13 unanimous vote means the city won’t accept or process applications for new storage projects, according to the source.
“We are in the middle of doing two sizable projects,” said Mayor Matt Castelli. “We are undergoing a comprehensive master plan [review] for the city of Middleburg Heights as well as a zoning code rewrite update. I think it is prudent for the city to put any storage facilities applications in a temporary moratorium until we complete those two projects.”
Castelli called for a new comprehensive master plan a year ago, predicting it could take up to two years to complete. The Cuyahoga County Planning Commission awarded the city an $80,000 grant and provided two project managers to help create the new plan, which hadn’t been updated since 1970.
Rewriting the zoning code could take up to a year, the source reported. The city hired Jay Stewart, an attorney with Stewart Land Use, to help revise the ordinance, which was established in 1972. Self-storage is currently defined as “any premises which is designed and used for bulk storage for cars, recreational vehicles, boats, and/or motorcycles; or self-service storage facilities.”
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