Middletown residents will have a chance to weigh in on the town’s rules concerning self-storage units.
The town will hold a public hearing at its workshop Thursday evening on a proposed ordinance that would eliminate language in the town’s code that allows storage facilities only as an accessory use in the town.
The workshop will be held at the town’s municipal center at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The ordinance would also add definitions of several terms, including “household good,” “personal property,” “self-storage units” and “storage,” that are contained in the ordinance’s draft language.
Lancaster Craftsmen Builders has plans to develop a lot next to the Town Center Plaza Shopping Center along U.S. 40 Alternate with a complex that could contain office space, retail or restaurant spaces and a 25,000-square-foot storage facility behind the shopping center’s Safeway store.
Company President Mark Lancaster said he thinks the ordinance should follow Frederick County’s standards for such units.
It should specify rules such as that storage units cannot be used for commercial or manufacturing purposes, prohibit sleeping overnight and types of items that can and cannot be stored in the units.
The town Planning Commission’s site plan process would go over issues such as buffers, screening, security and lighting, he said.
Middletown commissioners discussed the ordinance at their July 22 meeting.
Commissioner Jennifer Falcinelli asked what type of vehicles should be allowed in a facility, saying she foresaw storage of boats or RVs, as well as other vehicles.
Commissioner Larry Bussard said the legislation should specify what vehicles are allowed and how long they can sit at a facility.
“I don’t want to see it turn into a junkyard,” he said.