BF to consider moratorium on businesses

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Bosque Farms village councilors are considering authorizing an ordinance that would establish a moratorium on issuing any and all commercial business licenses after they heard a tattoo shop is interested in opening in the village.

During a special meeting Friday, the council unanimously approved publicizing the proposed ordinance, which would last for a minimum of 60 days.

The moratorium would also include suspending the issuance of registrations and/or commercial building permits in the village, but home-occupation business licenses in Bosque Farms could still be obtained.

"What we're looking at here is a perceived need right now to review our zoning ordinance for certain types of businesses that might be coming in that we didn't plan for," said Mayor Bob Knowlton. "We think it's best to hold off on allowing new businesses to get licenses until the right regulations are in place."

Initially, the council was looking at placing a 90-day moratorium on business licenses, but later, in a 3-1 vote, decided to scale it back to 60 days with a an option to extend it for another 60 days.

Councilor Wayne Ake said he feels the village could "do what it needs to do" within the 60-day time period, and if not, the council could "always extend it."

Councilor Russell Walkup disagreed, saying, "I think it's fine at 90 days. If we get done early, we can repeal it."

Knowlton asked Loretta Hatch, the village's new planning and zoning officer, if the village's planning and zoning commission was aware of the proposed ordinance. Hatch said Commissioner Sharon Eastman was made aware.

"I want P&Z to look at it before it comes before the full council," Knowlton said.

After the meeting, Knowlton said the village has heard about "certain" businesses wanting to set up shop in Bosque Farms.

In 2001, the council approved a moratorium on business licenses after village officials heard an "adult-type" business was interested in opening in the village. The previous council reworked the zoning ordinance banning adult entertainment-type businesses in The Farm.

"We got wind of some businesses that have been inquiring to potentially lease or rent some of our vacant properties out on the boulevard," Knowlton said. "These are businesses that we were looking at, and that we felt we didn't necessarily have the right kind of conditional controls …"

Knowlton said he feels that the village now should go back and look at the zoning ordinance to make sure they have control over these types of businesses and that they "fit in with the village."

"One of the things we're looking at now is a tattoo (shop)," the mayor said. "It's something that we don't have in the village right now, but again the question is, is that something that we need to be concerned about. That is one aspect why we need to go back and look at the zoning ordinance."

After the proposed ordinance is advertised twice, the planning and zoning commission will take up the issues and then send its recommendation to the village council.


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