The Town Council has started the process of prohibiting self-storage facilities in Watertown’s Zoning Ordinance.
The move came after the Town Council approved a zoning change relating to self-storage facilities in January.
At the hearing, which reduced the parking requirements from one spot per three storage units to one for every 10,000 sq. ft of gross floor area, some Councilors and several residents questioned whether this is the kind of business Watertown wants and where it should go.
The parking change amendment came from the Watertown Department of Economic Development and Planning but was first requested by the owners of 80 Elm Street – a location where plans for a self-storage facility may be brought forward.
On Feb. 13, Town Council President Mark Sideris proposed the zoning change to prohibit self storage in town.
A zoning change would first have to be considered by the Planning Board, which will hold a public hearing where residents and others can give their input on the amendment. Then the board can vote on the amendment. If approved, it would go back to the Town Council which must also have a public hearing before the zoning amendment can be voted on for final approval.
The agenda for the next Planning Board meeting (scheduled for March 19, 2018) has not been announced.