Shipping Containers Addressed in Proposed Beatrice Ordinance

BEATRICE – The City of Beatrice will give residents time to examine a second draft of an ordinance that would restrict storage or shipping containers in some zones.  The revisions came after city officials received feedback on the potential impact.

Attorney Jim Nelson spoke during a public hearing last night on behalf of Caspers Construction, which uses and sells containers.

:36                  “paper files”

Nelson said the compromise version of the ordinance will likely mean the city ends up with a better product.

:22                  “outside the zoning”

Nelson recommended citizens get a chance to look at the second draft of the ordinance before any action is taken.  Mayor Stan Wirth says a second public hearing will be held.

Resident Wayne Bruns says he’s somewhat concerned about a potential limit of two of the containers in general commercial zones.  He says he knows of a person who would be affected by that.

:05                  “not along the highway”

City officials to this point have been treating the storage or shipping containers as accessory structures, and there is a limit of two such structures in current ordinance.

Beatrice City Attorney Abby Stark says no action was planned last night, in favor of obtaining feedback on the second draft.

:22                  “for this”

Although no action was taken, the Beatrice City Council did give final approval to other ordinance revisions.  Those changes restrict swimming pools of greater than two feet depth in front yards, or street side yards.  Another change would allow restaurant drive-throughs in Limited Commercial Districts.  That change is aimed at development of the Homestead Junction area…the former Store Kraft Manufacturing property.  Officials also gave final approval to an ordinance change dealing with residential fences and space considerations in corner lot side yards, along with a change to administrative subdivision rules.

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