Clayton adopts development plan

CLAYTON — City council adopted the final development plan Thursday for the Clayton Government Center property at 6996 Taywood Road.

“This is the culmination of a two-step process to rezone the property that we are currently standing on and to approve a final development plan for the property as well,” said Rob Anderson, director of development. “As you know we have some plans to make improvements to this property and in order to do that we need to have the neighboring residents involved to have a voice in that process.”

The property was rezoned from R-2 residential to PD-3, planned development district 3. A final development plan was presented to council as reviewed by the planning commission and recommended for approval.

Plans call for the construction of a 22 feet, by 90 feet canopy structure to cover police vehicles where they can be parked out of the weather.

A second structure would measure 60 feet by 120 feet, a dry storage building for public works equipment such as plows, back hoes and other equipment that is currently sitting out in the open.

“It is not good for the long term to have the equipment to be sitting out and it also doesn’t look very good,” Anderson said. “We are looking to construct a pole barn type building that will house that equipment to keep it out of the weather and will clean out lot up quite a bit.”

The project will include additional paving and landscaping improvements to the property as well.

A public hearing was held before the planning commission and property owners notified.

“The only issue that we had was that we initially we showed putting the salt storage building in another location on the site, a temporary building consisting of block and a fabric covering,” Anderson stated. “That did not go over very well with the residents and really in looking at other options of where the salt building could be located, we removed it from this plan. In fact, the planning commission recommended this plan with the salt storage building taken off.”

Instead, the city plans to have a salt storage facility on its property on Woolery Lane next to its current salt building, which the new structure would replace.

The city also plans to remove a tar tank located to the rear of its road garage on Taywood Road.

By Ron Nunnari

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