UNION — Ordinances to accommodate the relocation of the Farmer’s Market and the development of an automobile repair business were approved by Union City Council Thursday morning.
Council met in special session Thursday to approve second and final reading of the ordinances.
The first ordinance amended the City of Union Zoning Ordinance to accommodate the relocation of the Farmer’s Market to a site on Main Street next to the Union County YMCA.
Mayor Harold Thompson said the amendment, which rezones the site as Business Zone A-2 (Highway Commercial) is a “special exception” that will enable the Farmer’s Market to relocate to and operate from its new location. He said the property has already been staked out in preparation for its development as the new home of the farmer’s market.
The city zoning ordinance defines as Business Zone A-2 (Highway Commercial) as being established “to provide for the proper grouping and development of commercial land uses which are for the convenience of customers traveling by automobile. Establishments in this district provide goods and services for the traveling public and for local residents.”
The amendment explains that “Farmer’s Markets are important operations that provide convenient access to fresh agricultural products for purchase by residents and visitors.” It adds that “this economic development activity also supports local farmers.”
The amendment defines the Farmer’s Market as “the seasonal offering for sale of fresh agricultural products directly to the consumer at an open air market.”
Auto Repair Garage
The second ordinance rezoned the property located at 1306 W. Main St. from R-8 Residential to Business Zone A-2 (Highway Commercial).
A “rezoning analysis staff report” states that the property “is currently developed as an auto repair garage.” The report states that the owner has requested the property be rezoned “in order to re-establish the auto repair use on the property.”
Currently, the property is zoned as Residential Zone R-8 with the area being used primarily for “single-family, two-family and multi-family dwellings and for related recreational, religious and educational facilities normally required to provide an orderly and attractive residential area.”
Both ordinances were unanimously approved by council.