Coon Rapids will not allow any new outdoor, self-storage facilities in the city, according to a new ordinance adopted by the Coon Rapids City Council Oct. 15. Existing outdoor facilities can continue to operate.
The council unanimously approved Ordinance 2227, amending city code regulating self-storage facilities. The amended code includes new definitions and regulations of self-storage facilities.
In February the council put a moratorium in place on new self-storage facilities, and the moratorium was renewed in August for an additional six months.
The moratorium was adopted to pause establishment of any new facilities while the council worked on the ordinance.
“I think this is a great first step, and it allows us to move forward,” Council Member Jennifer Geisler said.
Before the ordinance passed, self-storage facilities were allowed as a conditional use. Now the code only allows indoor self-storage facilities.
Prior to this ordinance, there was no official definition of these types of facilities. City staff proposed two definitions, one for single-story storage buildings with garage doors and another for indoor facilities without direct outside access.
Under Ordinance 2227, regular self-storage facilities are defined as “containing separate, individual and private storage spaces of varying sizes, leased or rented on an individual basis for the storage of personal property; where individual renters control and access individual storage spaces via its own access door.”
Additionally, an indoor self-storage facility is defined as a “fully enclosed building that is climate controlled containing separate, individual and private storage spaces of varying sizes, leased or rented on an individual basis for the storage of personal property; where individual renters control and access individual storage spaces.”
Every storage unit must be directly accessed from inside the facility via an individual door. Outdoor access to individual storage units isn’t allowed.
For both types, accompanying related retail sales of items such as moving supplies is allowed, as well as office space.
There are two districts in the city that allow these facilities: the General Commercial district and the Industrial district.
There are seven existing and two newly approved self-storage facilities in Coon Rapids:
• 9145 University Ave., Community Commercial (formerly General Commercial when it was approved)
• 11365 Robinson Drive, General Commercial
• 9909 Vale St., Industrial
• 10201 Woodcrest Drive, General Commercial
• 3476 Coon Rapids Blvd., General Commercial
• 11230 University Ave., General Commercial
• 730 86th Ave., Industrial
• 220 101st Ave., newly approved in November 2018, General Commercial
• 3021 124th Ave., newly approved in April 2019, General Commercial
Changes to city code will consider the existing General Commercial district facilities as legal nonconforming uses, which means they are “grandfathered in” and can continue to operate.
In April and July, the council hosted workshops to discuss and develop possible changes to the existing code.
Eventually, Geisler said, the council will look toward ending the moratorium.