F’ville tightens up on tent sale regulations

Got a business in Fayetteville and want to hold an outdoor “tent sale”? Then buy a permit, keep everything under one tent and limit it to four times a year. A proposed amendment on just this issue will get a first read at the Sept. 6 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council.

The proposed amendment would allow businesses to have occasional sales events in their parking lots in the form of a “parking lot tent sale.” City Director of Planning and Economic Development Brian Wismer said the amendment is being proposed to address concerns over outdoor merchandise displays. The amendment will also require that businesses purchase a permit to hold the sales.

If approved later this month, the amendment would require that any parking lot sales event contain all merchandise under one tent.

“This measure will ensure a cleaner, more aesthetically pleasing appearance to the public as the tent must be able to completely enclose the merchandise and will help to reduce unsightly displays from public view,” Wismer said.

The proposal also limits the number of events to four per year.

In a related matter, the council will hear the second reading of an ordinance to regulate flea markets. Wismer said last month that the intent of the ordinance is to provide formal guidelines for flea markets and not to prohibit them, adding that those guidelines would come with high standards of performance.

Wismer said city staff has fielded numerous citizen complaints and concerns about existing flea markets, adding that those businesses have created the need for ongoing staff inspections due to code violations and general safety concerns. Those concerns pertain primarily to conditions in the parking lots.

The current ordinance allows sales in parking lots, while the amended ordinance prohibits those sales. That is due largely to the city not having the staff to enforce the current version of the ordinance, said Wismer.

The ordinance would allow flea markets as special exceptions only in the C-3 (Highway Commercial) and M-1 (Light Manufacturing) zoning districts.

The proposed ordinance sets parameters for zoning, licensing, establishes interior design criteria and prohibits vendor sales in parking lots.

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A Question/Jordon's

What about established businesses that have merchandise on the outside of their establishment? How would this proposed regulation apply to them?

I too feel that Jordan's is unique - and evidently a part of Fayetteville history. The merchandise displayed at Jordan's is displayed 365 days a year and is not on a parking lot. I don't think Jordan's is a 'flea market' type of operation, Is there someone who can clarify how this ordinance will apply, if it does, to Jordon's?

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How does this proposed amendment affect Jordan's Salvage? Seems to me their tarps are not much different than the tents, along with their “outdoor merchandise display”. The amendment is to “ensure a cleaner, more aesthetically pleasing appearance to the public” and “must be able to completely enclose the merchandise and will help to reduce unsightly displays from public view”, just what their tarps do, 365 days a year, not four times with permits. I have no dog in this show and think Jordan’s is kind of neat, but wonder how Fayetteville merchants in general might react to it.

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Jordon's Junkyard

And that's what it is--and it seems to get worse every week. Part of city history or not, it needs a good cleaning up--an absolute eyesore.

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Jordon's Junk Emporium

AtHomeGym, I would be willing to bet that Jordon's, if tested for such, may be designated as a hazardous waste site: mercury from broken fluorescent light tubes, lead from old plumbing and the paint on old windows, doors & trim, who knows what from used toilets, hydrocarbons from numerous sources..... A good place to start with the Clean Water Act compliance initiative because there cannot be any clean water running off of that collection.

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Call Georgia EPA on Jordans

It's long past time to contact the Georgia EPA and report them. Won't you all please join me in contacting the local office and demand an investigation? We need a respectable business that follows the law to operate out of that site or just turn it into a park.

http://www.epa.gov/region4/home/contact.html

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Kawfi & EPA

That's NOT the State Environmental Dept (though we do have one), that's a Region of the US EPA--a despicable Agency if there ever was one! Currently needing a new boss, as Lisa Jackson has resigned.

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I don't care who we call. If you have a better suggestion, I'm all for it. It would just be nice to get that eyesore shut down and the site cleaned up so that we have a cleaner city to live in.

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Kawfi & Jordon's

Since I live 7 miles distant, doubt that any complaint I registered would be considered valid.

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Rolling Rock & Jordon's

I suspect you're right but you know what will be screamed if the city goes after him. It's a valuable piece of property--don't know why in the world he doesn't sell and go live in the peace & quiet of G'boro.

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Call the EPA on Jordan's

It's past time to contact the Georgia EPA on Jordan's. Won't you all join me in contacting them and get this junkyard eyesore shut down and cleaned up so that a respectable business can open up in its place?

http://www.epa.gov/region4/home/contact.html

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How does this proposed amendment affect Jordan's Salvage? Seems to me their tarps are not much different than the tents, along with their “outdoor merchandise display”. The amendment is to “ensure a cleaner, more aesthetically pleasing appearance to the public” and “must be able to completely enclose the merchandise and will help to reduce unsightly displays from public view”, just what their tarps do, 365 days a year, not four times with permits. I have no dog in this show and think Jordan’s is kind of neat, but wonder how Fayetteville merchants in general might react to it.

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Doesn't Jordans have some exemption, like being a National Historic site or some goofy claim like that?

Kind of like A Better Way everything in PTC.