Greenville planners table request from Barn Cats

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:55 am on Thursday, October 04, 2012

GREENVILLE — A public hearing about a special land use and site plans for outdoor sales at Barn Cats, was held at a recent Greenville Planning Commission meeting.

However, the decision was tabled.

During the meeting on Sept. 27, Randy Mouw, owner of Barn Cats in Rockford, wanted to display his products in front of his building while displaying vehicles and trailers on occasion at 1100 N. Irving St. in Greenville.

However, after Tom Johnson of MainStreet Planing Co. looked over the special land use request and site plans, he found a few things that needed to be addressed before moving forward.

“The item was tabled due to a number of issues that need to be resolved first,” said Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden.

Items to be addressed include:

• Display area has to be at least one acre inside of the city and include a permanent, durable and dustless surface.

• Having 200 feet of street frontage.

• Outdoor displays can not be located within the front yard.

• The parking lot has to be hard surfaced.

“Their situation is somewhat unique in that their property is mostly in Eureka Township and only partially in the city,” said planning commission Chairman David Ralph. “Where if the entire property was in the city, they would meet the ordinance requirements.”

Ralph said Mouw will have to request variances for the size and footage requirements before a decision can be made by the planning commission, which would be addressed by the Zoning Board of Appeals.

“I will work with the applicant to determine the best course of action, should he still desire to move forward,” Van Wyngarden said.

Mouw must return will the right variances and complete site plan before moving forward.

“At that time the commission can resume deliberation of the request,” Ralph said.

For more information about Barn Cats in Rockford, visit online.

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