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Monday, August 17, 2020

Proposed Cold Spring Storage Facility Application Withdrawn

For now, plans for a new self-storage facility in Cold Spring will not go forward.

By Robin Gee, city council beat editor

A conditional use permit application for a storage facility in Cold Spring has been removed for a second time.

That removal came after the Cold Spring Board of Adjustments approved a recommendation by the Campbell County Planning and Zoning Commission to remove a previous conditional use permit applied for in January 2018.

The property, originally belonging to Leroy and Alice Neltner, is located between Salmon Pass and Neltner Drive in Cold Spring. Bryan Hill made the application in 2018 for the conditional use with plans to acquire the property and build a storage facility.

The reason for removal of the permit was that nothing had been done to the property for over 12 months. In addition, Hill had submitted a new application and plan for the storage facility in February 2020 and that was pending before the Planning Commission.

During initial discussion of the application in March, Hill requested the issue be tabled until the next hearing to have time to adjust his proposal. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other logistical issues, the Planning Commission did not reschedule a time to meet on the new application until August 12.

An unexpected change of plans

On that day the Cold Spring Board of Adjustments met first and voted to approve removal of the previous permit. Following this meeting at 6 p.m., the county Planning and Zoning Commission would continue its review and discuss the new conditional use permit and the adjusted Stage One plan for the storage facility.

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Hill had requested a variance for the setback requirements from 50 feet to 25 feet due to the existing utility easements on the property. He had made other adjustments to his original plan. A storage facility was a permitted use within the zone, which was identified as a Neighborhood Shopping Center zone.

At about 2 p.m. before the Planning and Zoning meeting, Hill notified the commission that he was removing his current application. He gave no reason.

Since the application was in process at that point, the Planning and Zoning Commission held its meeting and recommended rejection of the application because it had been withdrawn. 

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