The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 1, 2013

Commission to consider station petition

BY JENNIFER BAILEY
Commercial-News

DANVILLE — Members of the Danville Area Planning and Zoning Commission will consider a rezoning petition Thursday for the Dixie Pit Stop gas station, formerly Bob’s Marathon, at Williams and Vermilion streets.

Property owner Alex Ikbariah is requesting that the zoning of the property at 445 N. Vermilion St. be changed from B4 central business zoning to B3 general business for the purpose of conducting minor automotive repairs inside the existing gas station at that location.

Sam Saleh leases the property to operate the gas station, according to Chris Milliken, planning and zoning manager with the city. Milliken said the garages to the south have been used for storage, not auto repairs. The site has long been a gas station. The added services will include oil changes and other minor automotive repairs, he said.

Hours likely will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week, with fewer hours on the weekends.

Milliken said the city’s Public Development Department received a couple phone calls inquiring about zoning in that area.

“It’s a transition area already,” Milliken said.

There is B4 zoning to the south and B3 zoning to the north.

Milliken said some more landscaping and also screening will be needed for the property, such as for tires and other materials.

There are to be no inoperable vehicles stored on site.

In other business, commission members will consider a request by the city that Chapter 150 of the city code, known as the Danville Zoning Ordinance, be amended to make changes to the signage regulations in Article 7 of the ordinances including allowing animated signs in the B4 central business zoning district.

Milliken said there are “no drastic changes.”

The changes include allowing animated signs in the B4 Central Business Zoning District for properties on which the use is classified as public or private uses.

This would be for any property downtown, Milliken said, who added that the sign would have to dim at night.

The proposed ordinance changes also incorporate new wording that prohibits animated signs being only red or green in color within 150 feet of a traffic-controlled intersection and not everywhere as the language states today.

Milliken said some of the sign regulations from a 2008 ordinance revision were inadvertently omitted in the final version of the new ordinance and some issues have come up.

Also Thursday, commission members will discuss a proposed ordinance for regulating wind energy systems.

Milliken has had a few inquiries from businesses about erecting a wind turbine to serve as an electrical generator for a business. Regulations would include if and where turbines would be allowed in the city, height limitations, etc. Any zoning regulations would pertain to an on-site, one-user wind turbine.

The turbines are not allowed now in Danville’s city’s limits.

COMING UP

Danville Area Planning and Zoning Commission members will meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the municipal building, 17 W. Main St.