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August 14, 2014

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Page A-18 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 continued from page A-1 Street to the north, Seventh Street to the west, First Street to the east, Cota Street to the south, and also south of Cota Street between Third Street and First Street to Goldsborough Creek. Uses allowed in the down- town zone include most types of retail, financial business- es, barber and beauty shops, restaurants (without drive- throughs), churches, offices, delis, drug stores, laundro- mats, florists and social ser- vices. Not allowed in the zone are auto repair and recon- ditioning shops, auto sales, auto services, gasoline sta- tions and retail lumber yards. In late 2013 and earlier this year, the city's Commu- nity and Economic Develop- ment Department hosted three forums on legal non- conforming uses in the down- town zone and how to address them. The proposed zoning changes are "minor," said Jason Dose, the city's senior planner. "We're just cleaning up a few things we noticed," he said. The proposed zoning changes in the downtown zone include: Allowing for some auto- oriented uses -- such as re- conditioning, painting, up- holstering, repair, service and sales -- to be considered with a conditional use permit in the areas south of Grove Street and east of Second Street. Those types of busi- ness are now considered legal nonconforming. Allowing eating and drinking businesses with drive-throughs, if the busi- ness has frontage along First Street/Olympic Highway South. Allowing machine and welding shops to be consid- Journal photo by Gordon Weeks The former Mell Chevrolet building at Grove Street and First Street, in an area once known as Shelton's "Auto Row," would be allowed for auto-oriented uses, including painting, upholstering, repair, services and sales, under a proposed downtown zoning change. The building has been vacant for four years. ered within the general com- mercial zone through the con- ditional use permit process. City staff noted that one ma- chine shop exists within the zone, and such businesses are similar to automotive repair businesses allowed within the zone. Allowing retail lumber yard uses in the general com- mercial zone with a condi- tional use permit. All three commissioners said they agree the rules need to be clarified in the downtown zone. "It gives the people who want to occupy these build- ings some assurance," said Mayor Gary Cronce. He add- ed, "This should fit right in, hopefully, with the downtown visioning." During a lively, two-hour city open house on the zoning proposals in November, many versions of a pedestrian- friendly downtown district emerged. Among the suggestions were establishing timber and vintage car museums, adding parking lots, moving the his- toric Tollie locomotive from Railroad Avenue to across the street from Kneeland Park, and banning or sunset- ting storage units within the district. "(The proposed ordinance) gives people who want to occupy these buildings some assurance .,. This should fit right in, hopefully, with the downtown visioning." Gary Cronce, She~ton mayor f !rlf I# ItTt@tt Friday, Aug. 2014 2 p.m. 151 NE Old Belfair Hwy, Belfair There will be shovels, there will be pictures - but it will not be your typical, somewhat boring talking heads & patting backs ho-hum obligatory event. WE'RE GOING TO PARTY! There will be music & dance. There will be demonstrations, ..... laughter, refreshments and much, much more. Two Locatio to Serve You/ 1415 Harrison Ave 120 East "l" St. Suite 202 Olympia, WA Shelton, WA Call for your FREE examination today/ (360) 786-1600