F’ville looks at trimming uses in industrial districts

The Fayetteville City Council is being urged to clean up its manufacturing zones.

At its meeting Thursday night, the council will conduct a public hearing and hear the first reading of an ordinance amendment that would either prohibit or omit a number of currently permitted uses in the city’s industrial districts.

The council Dec. 2 will pick up on an issue that surfaced in the fall that pertains to some of the permitted uses in the Light Manufacturing (M-1) and Heavy Manufacturing (M-2) zoning districts.

The council at a called meeting Sept. 28 voted to place a 90-day moratorium on applications for rezoning and other uses in the city’s manufacturing districts to give city staff time to review the ordinance for any needed changes.

City Senior Planner Linwood Robinson in a recent memo said, “During its review of the M-1 and M-2 zoning districts, staff determined that there are several inappropriate or undesirable uses within the M-1 and M-2 categories. Staff proposes to omit or prohibit these uses in the current ordinance.”

Included in the proposal is the prohibition or omission of meat processing plants, wastewater treatment facilities, sawmills and other milling operations, sanitary landfills and waste transfer facilities.

“This determination was made because of the adverse impact the use would or does have on the surrounding community. In some cases, certain uses were also omitted or prohibited because it is now deemed obsolete or unnecessary by current development trends and standards, Robinson said.

Also at the meeting, the council will hear a request to amend the alcohol ordinance to clear up possible conflicting language.

Police Chief Steve Heaton requested that language in the ordinance confirm that employees affiliated with the sale, delivery and serving of alcohol cannot have been convicted of any offense relating to the manufacture, sale or misuse of alcoholic beverages within the preceding two years.

Heaton in a November memo noted the existence of a conflict in two portions of the ordinance and requested that the conflict be remedied.

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