ROANOKE - The village board took action on Monday to allow the Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA) to re-start its U-Haul business, but the board still has questions about its own process of issuing special use permits.
The IGA was operating the business late last year, but was notified to stop because the property was not zoned properly for the U-Haul business. The store owner followed the zoning officer’s instructions to apply for a special use permit to re-open the business and the zoning board approved the permit. However, the permit got tangled in paperwork when village attorney Scott Brunton told Mayor Mike Smith the village should be creating an ordinance to issue a special use permit. The board voted Monday night to issue the permit while the village gets added paperwork done.
“We have all agreed this is good for them and good for Roanoke,” Smith said. “This allows them to start back up while we get paperwork caught up. We started this back in November. It’s been four months.”
Smith acknowledged it would likely cost up to $800 in attorney fees to prepare an ordinance for each special use permit, but he added Brunton encouraged the board to follow the best practices and create the paper trail. The village currently charges $50 for a special use permit.
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