Longview property owner Adam Wagner will need a supermajority vote from the Longview City Council to build climate-controlled self storage on McCann Road the way he now wants it.
The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-3 Tuesday against Wagner’s application to revise his development site plan that city leaders already had approved earlier this year.
Wagner still can achieve final approval of his application if it is approved by at least 75 percent — or six members — of the seven-member City Council when they meet Jan. 10.
One Planning and Zoning commissioner, Ronnie Rice, said he recommended approval of the original site plan — five self-storage, mini warehouse buildings with an office totaling 72,000 square feet — nearly a year ago, in January, with the understanding that a decorative iron fence with masonry columns would be built between Wagner’s planned self-storage/mini warehouse buildings and McCann Road.
The project is proposed near Hawkins Parkway, more than 2 miles north of an unrelated self-storage facility planned at the former Kmart building in central Longview.
The property owner now has proposed building two self-storage warehouses with an office totaling about 100,000 square feet with climate-controlled storage to meet current market trends, the project’s developer said. Wagner also wants to remove the iron fence, saying that the storage buildings now planned won’t have less attractive-looking doors.
“I do believe this will look better than having those multiple doors on the north side of the building,” said Jeff Stephens, a developer with Johnson and Pace engineering firm that represented Wagner. Stephens said more trees will be preserved on the north side of the development than originally planned, and a 15-foot landscape area has been proposed along McCann Road.
Rice rejected the idea, voting no to Wagner’s application along with commissioners Brent Stephenson, Pat Noon and Tracy Vincent.
“I’m not a tree-loving guy, but I liked the fence because of the aesthetics of it,” Rice said. “If we take the fence, we need something to protect us.”
Commissioners Nancy Murray, Tem Carpenter and Jack Jenkins voted in support of Wagner’s application.
Commission Chairwoman Frankie Parsons, an employee of a bank adjacent to Wagner’s property, abstained from the discussion and vote.