In 20 tidy minutes, the Milton Special Review Panel agreed to recommend the annexation of a half-acre portion of a seven-acre parcel of Highway 16 that is slated for a self-catering facility -DEStorage storage.
DEStorage was forced to appear before the committee because of what it called an enclave, a portion of property adjacent to Palmer Street Extended that is not within the city limits. The rest of the parcel is already part of Milton and is zoned commercial C-1.
City Manager Kristy Rogers said the enclave was the site of a home that was demolished several years ago. She said she didn’t know why the property was never annexed, but the owner kept it open space.
The discussion by the three-member committee, which includes Planning and Zoning Chairman Richard Trask, Councilor Fred Harvey and Councilor Lee Revis-Plank, was brief, as all agreed it was in the best interest of the city to have the plot within its borders. Because the parcel portion is so small, Rogers did not subject the annexation to a cost-benefit analysis or review by outside consultants, as has been done for larger annexations.
From there, the annexation will go to the planning and zoning commission for an advisory report and then to the city council for approval. DEStorage has already been granted special permitted use by planning and zoning to have a storage facility on the parcel.
The facility would consist of two 40,000 square foot and two 20,000 square foot buildings. The larger two-story buildings would face Route 16, while the other two buildings, each one story, would be built at the rear of the property. Also planned are an office building, gated entrance and stormwater retention ponds to the front and rear of the property.