Denison Planning and Zoning approves permit for automotive repair

The Denison Planning and Zoning Commission approved a conditional use permit on Tuesday for major and minor automotive repair in a commercial district at 301 N. Houston Ave.

Building owner Sean Turney plans to add automotive repair to his watercraft repair business. The request got an approving nod from one neighboring property owner and a disapproving one from another. The neighbor who disapproved said the property already had a number of “junk” cars creating an eyesore and lowering property values and worried that allowing automotive repair would create more.

Turney told the Commission, he bought the building just a year ago and the majority of what makes the site unsightly was the previous owner’s. Turney said he is working to clean up the site. The conditional use permit comes with the requirements that the there be no vehicle or boat storage viewable to the public and that Turney erect a screening fence, that there be no vehicle storage on the site for more than 60 days, and there be no junk or salvage activities at the site.

Turney has 90 days to erect the screening fence, but first the Denison City Council must sign-off on the conditional use permit. The Council will consider the matter at its next regular meeting.

The Commission also voted to elect its offers. Commissioners chose Deborah Magouirk as chairwoman and Kristofor Spiegel as vice chairman.

In other business, the commission approved: highway oriented site plan for the intersection of Woodlands Trail and FM 691, where a skilled nursing facility is planned, and at 3112 Regency Lane, where expansion of the existing car wash is planned.