ROANOKE - A discussion of a zoning change to accommodate a new sub-business venture for the local Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA) store was referred to village's zoning board on Monday night for further discussion. 

The IGA has been offering drop-off and pickup of U-Haul trucks and trailers as a side business to its grocery store operation using the parking lot to store vehicles. However, the new business is in violation of the downtown business B1 zoning code where the store is located. Rental of automobiles, trucks or trailers is permitted as part of the B2 zoning district, which is outside the downtown business district.

According to store manager Bob Reifsteck, IGA was unaware of the restrictions when it started offering the service. The store wants to request a zoning change to allow the U-Haul business.

“No one has a facility in Woodford County for this service,” said Reifsteck to the village board. “I think there’s a need. I think it’s very worthwhile.”

According to the code, “the B-1 central business district is established solely for the village's downtown business area to allow for the grouping of businesses compatible to the downtown area as a means to serve these businesses, create convenience for the public and to discourage unsightly or inefficient business development in the downtown area while encouraging continued use, vitality, and development of the downtown area.” The IGA is located on the fringe of that district.

See article on Nov. 9 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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