The following was sent out by Council Member Amy Doyle…we are posting in case some did not see it.
I have heard from many of you regarding the new bail bonds store opening on Stone Avenue. Bail bonds are allowed by right in c-2 and OD zoning. They do not require a review by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), nor do they require a special exception through the citizen-based Board of Zoning Appeals.
As you know, the tools for a city to regulate businesses in a free market are limited. Zoning is critical. Stone Avenue is a mixture of c-2 and OD zoning. Stone Avenue was previously zoned c-3; the city “downzoned” to give it more protection several years ago.
The city planning department continually reviews land use and updates zoning and requirements; most recently a FRD classification (flexible review district) was created. But, we must remain vigilant about the impact of businesses on our redeveloping corridors.
In addition to zoning, the city requires a business license to operate. If a business has had public safety issues or operates against code, the city has revoked a business license.
The property owner has indicated this bail bonds is a short term lease. He is also the developer for the previously blighted junkyard “Shinola strip” which is undergoing a major renovation with a new proposed restaurant.
More to come… Planning staff is reviewing now……I will follow up.
Amy Ryberg Doyle