Weatherford City Council approved a zoning change for a gas station with a convenience store and drive-thru restaurant in northwest Weatherford during their meeting on Tuesday evening. 

The store and restaurant are to be located at Ric Williamson Memorial Highway and Farm-to-market Road 920. The zoning changed from agricultural to C1 commercial with a conditional use permit.

After approval, the applicant, Sadash Corporation, will start the building permit process, City Planner Stan Hamrick said. City staff and Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval.

Council approved another zoning change during the meeting that adds a conditional use permit to a residential-zoned area at 619 Jameson St. in a 4-1 vote. Planning and Zoning Commission and city staff had recommended approval of the item.

City staff received a complaint because a 340-square-foot metal shop and attached 760-square-foot carport had been built at the home without a permit last year, Hamrick said.

The owner applied for a permit after he was notified of the violation, according to council documents. City staff told the owner that he needed a conditional use permit and revisions needed to be made. A year later, the owner reapplied for the permit after it expired and applied for the conditional use permit.

“During that review, one of the items that was needed was a conditional use permit due to the size of the accessory structure,” Hamrick said. “That’s what we’re here to do is look at that. Since the project was built without a permit, there are a couple of things that don’t meet normal standards. They’re very, very, very minor.” 

City staff requires that the metal shop siding be changed to match the house, that the parking areas near the carport be paved with a hardscaped surface, that the structure shouldn’t be used for housing or business purposes except home occupation and the applicant is required to submit revision plans, Hamrick said.

Council member Heidi Wilder voted against the zoning change out of respect for the procedure put in place and to promote equal treatment. However, Wilder said she is not disappointed that the item passed.

“I don’t think it’s fair to those that follow, I don’t want to call it rules, but follow the building procedures to be not treated equally,” Wilder said.

During the meeting, Wilder asked what would happen if council didn’t approve the change.

“They still have the obligation to bring the new building into compliance so they can bring it down where it doesn’t require the conditional use permit,” Hamrick said to answer Wilder’s question. “They can go ahead and do the siding and all the things that would be typically be required to get it below the threshold for a conditional use permit or just go ahead and work at removing the entire building.”

Mike Markalonis, who lives near the home in question, came to speak at the meeting. Markalonis said he’s lived in his home for 32 years and the view from his backyard to the applicant’s backyard has only improved.

“It’s nice, it’s their property, they improve their property, the look of it,” Markalonis said. “I really don’t see anything wrong with it.”

The applicant is to submit revisions to the plans within 30 days and is not allowed to occupy the space until the building permit is final, Hamrick said.

After executive session, council approved a potential economic development agreement with the brewery Edgewise Eight.

Council also discussed proposed changes to the Council Policy Manual.

The next city council meeting is on June 25.

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