Tork Ltd.’s application for a conditional use permit to open a small inventory car sales lot was tabled after it was discovered the business wasn’t registered by the state.
During the April 15 meeting, the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission gave Tork Ltd. another month to secure the proper registration needed to obtain the permit. If Tork Ltd. can’t get the license by the May 20 meeting, the CUP request will be denied.
“We can’t give a conditional use permit to a business that doesn’t exist,” Planning Director Scottie Eagan said.
Tork requested the CUP at the March meeting to move and open up an automotive sales shop at 1114 N. Service Road near Union. Commissioner Jay Schultehenrich asked the commission to send the request to the review committee because he was concerned about the location.
Schultehenrich said he wanted to make sure the facility, which has high visibility along Interstate 44, would look up to standards.
The review committee, however, never got a chance to look into the request. While gathering information for the review, it was discovered Tork Ltd. is not registered with the secretary of state’s office.
“This is not a registered business, and that raises some concern,” Chairman Bill Evans said.
Evans said the commission was faced with three options. It could either approve the permit with an added condition requiring state registration, it could reject the request outright or table the issue to give Tork Ltd. some time to get things in order.
After discussion, the commission unanimously agreed to table the issue and give Tork Ltd. until the next meeting to get properly registered.
The commission discussed having a deadline prior to May’s meeting for Tork Ltd. to show registration. However attorney Matt Becker said the dates would be hard to enforce.
Becker told the commission that reinstatement could take a few weeks if it’s a simple clerical error or longer if the problem is larger.
If Tork Ltd. was registered a day after the deadline but before the May 20 meeting, there would be no reason to deny the permit.
Schultehenrich requested that the file head to the review committee even if Tork Ltd. hasn’t proven registration by the committee’s May 9 meeting.
Evans said since the review committee recommendations are nonbinding, the review team could look at the file and make recommendations even with Tork Ltd.’s business status in question.
The rest of the commission agreed. The review committee will take a second look at the file and, if Tork Ltd. is registered with the state in time for the May meeting, the commission will vote on the permit request.