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Mini Storage specific use permit approved by Mustang City Council

The mini storage discussed would go into an area in town. (Photo by Jacob Sturm)

By Jacob Sturm

More RV and mini storage units may be coming to Mustang in the not too distant future.

A specific use permit for property located at the Southwest corner of N Clear Springs Road and
W Rendezvous Way for mini storage and RV storage units was approved by the Mustang City
Council at their February meeting. The property has been in front of the City Council and
Planning Commission in the past, with a multi-family request having come before the council
and a request for a zoning change to C-5 (Commercial Intensive District).

The property, according to Mustang City Planner Ryan Conner, is a C-3 zoning currently. With
that matter being the case, the formal request to the council was necessary.

“With it being C-3 zoning currently, mini storage requires a specific use permit to be able to be
a use that’s approved at that location,” Conner said. “So, they have submitted that application
as well as a site plan that shows a general layout… that shows about 14 buildings (and)
circulation between those all accessed off of Clear Springs Road.”

Conner said the proposal covers 7 acres out of the 10 acres the property has in total. Conner
said the group will be leaving out about 2.7 acres on the Southeast side, with frontage on Clear
Springs Road remaining as C-3 zoning.

He also indicated future retail or developments could still come in at that area.

Planning Commission identified seven stipulations (lighting on the side shall be directed
internally and not consisting of pole lights, exterior construction of buildings shall comply with
city ordinances, site proof masonry fencing shall be constructed on the exterior boundaries of
the property, all buildings on site shall be constructed at one story in height, mini storages on
the west side of the site shall be only accessed from the internal side of the site only, signage
on the site should only consist of monument style signage, development shall be consistent
with a submitted site plan) which were relayed to City Council members.

City Staff did not see any nuisances the plan would cause to neighboring areas and
recommended approval to the City Council.

Concerns about fencing around the perimeter were mentioned, and clarification was requested
regarding the signage on the back side of the property from Councilman James Wald.

“I like the idea that it has RV and Boat access, too because that’s (a need since) a lot of storage
is just personal property and not those things,” Wald said. “It’s needed for sure.”

The entire property will also be screened with fencing for safety purposes, according to the
applicant’s representative who attended the meeting and spoke to council members as part of
the public hearing.

Councilman James Waugh indicated the rendition presented for the property is one of the
better ones the city has seen, and said he would love for the future retail pad the storage units
would leave available to be further into the property to give more depth (exceeding 3 acres).

Doug Eckert, a citizen in the surrounding community of the property, said the citizens did not
want the area to become residential or be rezoned C-5 in previous discussions with the city. He
expressed appreciation for the members of the council and applicant taking the feedback into

“I don’t know that anybody is automatically excited about storage facilities,” Eckert said. “I have
heard that opinion expressed more than once up here tonight, but I believe in their planning
and in their designs that they have really taken that into consideration, and I appreciate that.”

Eckert mentioned discussion within the neighborhood facebook page, indicating many being in
agreement that the outcome proposed to council members was about as good as they were
going to get. He also mentioned one resident, who backs up to the property, expressing
opposition for the development. He made those concerns aware to the council, and asked for
the developer to add some trees between the neighborhood and development.

The council seemed in support of adding trees for the buffer between the neighborhood and
development. The applicant representative also indicated the request was something they
could agree to.

At least one tree per 50 feet would be required for meeting the city landscaping code currently.
Additional site details were hashed out before the council approved the specific use application
with the stipulations discussed.

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