Mike Brown dealership ok’d

May 10, 2014

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Mike Brown got approval for his Dodge dealership, but he wasn’t able to dodge more demands from the Granbury City Council.

At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the council finally approved the twice-tabled site plan, but with contingencies.

The 10-acre parcel of land is at Highway 377 and Sardius Boulevard, near Gemstone Estates.

Brown’s request was discussed at length, but then tabled, at two previous council meetings.

In public hearings at all three meetings, Sardius homeowners voiced worries about safety, noise, lighting and devaluation of properties.

The land has been zoned Heavy Commercial since 2002.

After the last council meeting, the number of entrances to the dealership off of Sardius was reduced from three to two.

During the twice-delayed process, Brown made several concessions to alleviate concerns.

The car dealer was not present at Tuesday night’s meeting. Ron Hamm spoke on his behalf and stated that Brown was not feeling well.

New stipulations call for Brown to extend the screening fence on Sardius to line up with a fence at a home across the street. In essence, extending the fence by about 90 feet will block the view of the dealership for those with homes directly across the street.

According to Community Development Director Scott Sopchak, the extension will cost an additional $1,800 to $2,000.

In addition, the City Council voted to go with the recommendations of the Planning and Zoning Commission to: limit all deliveries to the entrance off of Highway 377; mandate that all access drives be gated and locked after business hours; and require that the northern approach on Sardius remain gated at all times.

Gary Couch made the motion to approve the site plan with the stipulations, and it was seconded by Mickey Parson. Rose Myers voted in favor, but Tony Allen voted against it.

Allen noted that Brown had already agreed to put up a 185-foot screening fence. He said he disagreed with the city forcing Brown to extend it.

“I think that’s what’s wrong with the city right now, is that we require so much,” he said, adding that “we run a lot of (business owners) off.”

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