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Middletown, MD, Officials Consider Self-Storage Zoning-Ordinance Changes

Officials in Middletown, Md., are considering a text amendment to the city’s zoning ordinance that would remove the requirement that self-storage be an accessory use to a primary business. The update would also provide definitions to several terms, including “household good,” “personal property,” and “self-storage units.” A public hearing to discuss ordinance 19-07-02 was scheduled for last Thursday, according to the source.

Municipal language regarding self-storage came into question due to a proposed mixed-use project from Lancaster Craftsmen Builders Inc. (LCBI). The developer intends to build a complex next to the Town Center Plaza Shopping Center that would include a 25,000-square-foot of self-storage facility in conjunction with office, restaurant and retail space. The storage facility would be built behind the shopping center’s Safeway store, the source reported.

Mark Lancaster, president of LCBI, suggested the ordinance be patterned after the standards used by Frederick County, Md. The language should place limits on the activities allowed in storage units and the types of items that can be stored inside, he said. For example, people should not be allowed to sleep inside units.

During a July 22 meeting, Middletown commissioners discussed the ordinance, including what types of vehicles could be stored and for how long. Commissioner Larry Bussard indicated the new language should outline which vehicle types are allowed in storage along with any limits on duration. “I don’t want to see it turn into a junkyard,” he said.

Founded in 1979, LCBI specializes in residential design and custom homes.

Sources:
The Frederick News-Post, Middletown to Hold Hearing on Self-Storage Units
Middletown, Agenda for the Town Meeting

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