The ordinance would also preserve vacant Main Street property for potential future sales tax-generating developments.
On Tuesday, the Rogersville Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously in favor on the first of three required readings of an ordinance prohibiting new indoor storage businesses from being developed on all but a tiny portion of Main Street at the edge of the city.
Alderman Brian Hartness, who also sits on the Planning Commission, noted that the city doesn’t have any zoning preventing storage facilities, particularly in the historic district.
The section of Main Street affected by the measure includes all but a handful of incorporated properties.
It affects the city’s established Gateway Corridor along Main Street from the intersection of Ebbing and Flowing Springs Road west to the intersection of Highway 11-W.
Hartness noted that no new indoor storage facilities have come before the Planning Commission for review.
There is, however, one indoor storage business already on Main Street near the Water Department which will be grandfathered in.
Building Inspector Steve Nelson noted that the Gateway Corridor guidelines require new developments to meet exterior design requirements.
“That’s the reason it’s not an eyesore,” Nelson said. “That’s just a poor use of Main Street property.”