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Stowaway's expansion falls within new building guidelines.

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By Todd Martin

It appeared Stowaway, Inc., storage facility would be the first to test the new zoning overlay district on Mount Eden Road, but the facility won't need any fancier buildings.

Stowaway, located on 7 Mile Pike and Mount Eden Road, does fall within in the overlay district that runs from U.S. 60 out Mount Eden Road to just south of the I-64 interchange, but the addition isn't large enough to require improvement.

The storage facility is adding a 3,400-square-foot storage building and a 4,080-square-foot area for boat storage, but the building doesn't make up the minimum 25 percent increase to enforce the building exterior quality standards.

The overlay district regulations state that if an addition is between 25 percent and 50 percent of the building's original square footage, the addition must meet the quality standards, and if the addition is 51 percent or more than the original space, then the entire building must meet the standards.

"The addition is only 10.4 percent of the total square footage, so they won't have to meet the new standards," said Ryan Libke, the Triple S Planning Commission Executive Director. "But if they add another 15 percent then the additions will need to meet the standards."

The percentages are based on the building's size when the overlay district was set earlier this year.

William Martin Farm division

After denying the plat for the 102-acre William Martin Farm division on Henry Smith Rpad at last month's meeting, the commission approved the final plat this month. The owners have been able to sell the non-buildable lot at the front of the proposed subdivision to the buyer of the adjoining lot.

The reason the plat was rejected in September was the 2-acre lot in the front. Zoning regulations in unincorporated Shelby County call for lots to be a minimum of 5 acres.

The plat will be resubmitted, and once the $127,000 bond and signature from the Water Commission is obtained, the plat will be approved.

Also on the agenda, the commission:

• Approved a 5-acre division from the 100-plus acre Slucher Farm on Trammel Lane for a house.

• Approved three bond releases for Bridlewood Estates and the final bond release for Oakmore Woods Estates. Libke, in his report, noted that the paving in the Bridlewood subdivision is finished, and a sidewalk has been added on Catalpa Lane and Ronnie Layne Road.

• Heard from Libke that ATT has applied for two new cell phone towers, one in Finchville and one in Southville. The building of the towers require a public hearing which will be during next month's meeting on Nov. 16.