By TIMILEE WILBER
LYMAN – On the agenda for the planning and zoning committee meeting on Jan. 2 was a request from Jack and Marriane Bluemel of Main Street Mechanics for a conditional use permit (CUP) to allow them to park multiple inoperable vehicles on the three lots on Main Street where their business is located.
The Bluemel’s plan to appeal the committee’s decision to the Lyman Town Council,at their meeting on Jan. 17.
The Bluemel’s opened Main Street Mechanics four years ago. Since 2008, according to the Bluemels, inoperable vehicles which have been towed to their location for repairs have been stored at their location on Main Street. In 2010, the Town of Lyman re-zoned several properties in Lyman including three Lyman auto repair shops – Bridger Valley Motor on Main Street, Jensen Automotive on East Owen Street, and Bradshaw’s Towing and Glass on East Clark Street. Zoning on the auto repair shops was changed to light industrial, which allows for property owners to keep an undefined number of inoperable vehicles on their property. The zoning for Main Street Mechanics was not changed at that time.
Ordinance 6-8-6 states that any property owner within any zone in the town may keep three or more inoperable vehicles provided they first obtain a conditional use permit from the Planning and Zoning Commission.
In July of last year, the Bluemels were informed by Police Chief Tom Clark they had seven days to move the seven inoperable vehicles located on their property. The Bluemels complied and moved the vehicles to a ranch outside the town’s limits.
Since then, the Bluemels have applied for a zoning change, which was denied, and a variance, which was also denied.
The committee held a public hearing asking for input in favor of the request. Glade Erickson of Bridger Valley Motor spoke in favor of the request being approved. No one from the audience spoke against the committee granting the request.
After a lengthy discussion in which the committee discussed with Marriane Blluemel several stipulations that could possibly accompany the approval of the permit, including where the inoperable vehicles could be parked, in a 2 to 2 vote the committee denied the request.
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