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.

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Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

(8) comments

gabrielshorn2013

This reminds me of the George Carlin routine about "stuff"





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLoge6QzcGY

mrnatural1

That's a classic gabriel! [beam]

DickD

If we didn't have "stuff", we would have to invent stuff. Most people would be better off just getting rid of stuff.

mrnatural1

What?! Get rid of stuff? That's crazy talk!

DickD

Larry is right about limiting the time cars, boats and recreational vehicles can be stored. When you do that how will you measure the time? If someone uses the vehicle or movesit to the street for a day or two would the time limit restart if it's taken back? Right now storage on the streets is limited, but there's no one checking, the town relies on complaints.

stjohn42

No one wants a junk yard, but I would put my efforts into making sure it has adequate screen/buffer space and fencing around it, and not a difficult-to-enforce time limit. If some one is paying money to get their trailer or boat off the street, why discourage them?

DickD

Exactly, much better to have them on a storage site than on the streets or their property.

mrnatural1

Also, how many people are going to pay the fairly steep storage fees for something that is truly "junk"?



I'm sure it happens, but most of the boats, RVs, and vehicles I've seen in storage facilities look OK.



People have to be able to keep them somewhere.

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