BEATRICE – The City of Beatrice will have new rules on storage containers and bed and breakfast operations within residential zones. The city council approved the changes, Monday night.
One new regulation prohibits storage containers in residential areas, unless they were already in place as an accessory structure. The new ordinance does not classify storage containers as accessory buildings. City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer and City Attorney Abby Stark says the city is responding to a source of complaints.
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General commercial zones will be limited to two containers, while general industry and agriculture zones do not have a limitation. The central business district area would prohibit the containers. One councilman, Rich Kerr, opposed the new ordinance.
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City officials heard from one owner of storage containers, Rod Rehm, who has received a building permit for two containers along South Fifth, near the former Country Cookin’ Café. He’ll be allowed to keep two, but will have to dispose of two others, by mid-October. Rehm said he’s trying to sell them.
Some city officials want to look at whether that area should be considered general commercial, instead of central business district area. Chief Building Inspector Rob Mierau (MEAR-oh) says there are some differences.
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A second zoning ordinance amendment would allow a bed-and-breakfast to operate in a residential area.
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The city council gave final approval to the ordinances governing storage containers, and bed and breakfast operations. The Beatrice Planning and Zoning Commission had earlier favored both changes.