An draft open storage ordinance is in its final form and will go to the board of aldermen for final approval later this month.
City officials have been working to update the ordinance after a broader review revealed that some of the laws regarding open storage conflicted.
Further discussion took place at the planning and zoning commission this week.
“We’ve been getting complaints, and there are some issues with the wording of the old ordinance that caused this to need to be reworked,” explained City Administrator Russell Rost. “This (new ordinance) eliminates those gray areas.”
The ordinance was reviewed by Police Chief Norman Brune, who told city officials that he believes it’s in its finished form.
The ordinance defines open storage as uncovered and exterior storage of material, supplies or other goods which include both finished products and any waste byproducts therefrom, any vehicle parts, appliances, furniture (excluding garden or patio furniture intended for outdoor use, and barbecue grills), building demolition rubbish, boxed or bagged household waste or clothing, or any items not customarily used or stored outside, or which are not made of material that is resistant to damage or deterioration from exposure to the outside environment, for a period in excess of 24 hours.
Additionally, it will be unlawful to store the items listed above in any vehicle visible from adjacent public or private property.
The ordinance is applicable to all premises which are not inside an enclosed building, including porches, storage under open carports or breezeways, storage in open garages not equipped with a door or storage inside yards.
The outdoor display of goods, wares or merchandise by businesses with a valid business license is allowed. The ordinance also outlines exceptions to that regulation.
It will be enforceable in the following zoning districts: R-1, R-1A, R-2, R-3, R-4, NU, B-1, B-2, and B-3.