Plan for motorcycle repair shop delayed by Mitchell City Council due to neighbors’ concerns about potential nuisance – Mitchell Republic

MITCHELL — A Mitchell man’s quest to operate a motorcycle repair shop out of his residence is in limbo after Mitchell City Council deferred a decision on granting a conditional use permit in due to the concerns of nearby residents.

Dustin Vander Hamm’s plan to open a motorcycle repair shop next to his home on the southern outskirts of Mitchell has drawn opposition from a handful of nearby residents who fear the business could become a nuisance for the area where there are several houses and agricultural land.

Council member Susan Tjarks noted that the area along South Rowley Street where Vander Hamm is proposing to open his store is not in a business district. She echoed some of the area residents’ biggest concerns about whether the venture would result in “having a lot of things lying around in the backyard that are going to be unsightly.”

“They worry about whether you’re going to do test drives, are you going to drive fast on the roads and are you going to work on them late at night?” said Tjarks.

The city’s letter asking Vander Hamm to obtain a conditional use permit to operate his repair business surprised him. Vander Hamm said he had been doing repairs on his own motorcycles at his shop, located at 2951 S. Rowley St., for some time and was unaware of the complaints from nearby residents until now.

Hoping to work on other people’s motorcycles at his shop, he is required to obtain a conditional use permit to operate his business due to the codes of the urban development zoning district in which his shop is located.

“Nobody told me anything, and I didn’t know anyone was complaining until now,” Vander Hamm said, noting that he’s been a resident of the area since 1998. motorcycles and tires. That’s it. I won’t have anything outside.

Prior to Monday’s council meeting, Vander Hamm’s conditional use permit had a recommendation stamp from the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. However, the council unanimously postponed approval of the permit on Monday and asked Vander Hamm to try to compromise with neighboring residents opposed to the plan.

Council member John Doescher pointed to the handful of letters against Vander Hamm’s proposed location of the repair shop that have him facing an ‘uphill battle’, urging him to ‘win them’ .

“I would recommend convincing them because the power is in the numbers. If you have four out of six opposing neighbors, you’re going to have an uphill battle,” Doescher said.

In David Harris’ letter against the conditional use permit, he pointed to an area in a Davison County zoned district that is located near the neighborhood as long-standing nuisance property that he says has not been resolved. Harris, whose family owns property in the area, wrote that he fears the Vander Hamm operation could become another damaging property in the area, never to be resolved due to the existing ‘horror’ near.

“The area has been a dumping ground for trash and modular home dismantling for three generations. The response we have always received is that nothing can be done about it,” Harris wrote in his letter.

Some nearby residents have also cited neighborhood covenants that state lots in the plot of land are to be used “for residential purposes only” as reasons they oppose Vander Hamm’s conditional use permit, but city ​​planner Mark Jenniges said the city does not regulate or enforce all covenants in the city.

Covenants are rules and regulations that are usually put in place in a residential neighborhood by a developer. For example, some Mitchell neighborhoods have covenants that regulate how long vehicles can be parked on development streets.

Despite the pushback he faces from area residents, Councilman Marty Barington struck an optimistic tone, saying the city ‘doesn’t want to put a stop to good business’ but needs to make sure the area will not become another harmful property. Council will consider approving the permit at its next meeting in early August.