PITTSBURGH A local
planning agency has recommended denial of Kan Metal
Recyclings requests for rezoning and an operating permit,
which could force the Chattanooga, Tenn., scrap metal feeder
and processing yard to close its doors.
"Approval of this request could
set a negative precedent encouraging a spate of similar
requests for heavy industrial zoning changes inappropriate to
this area," a Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning
Agency staff report said.
Kan Metal Recycling and
applicants Taqi Ali Mirza, Ron Morrer and Susan Higley are
seeking to have the 4.39-acre parcel rezoned and issued a
permit, according to the report. Mirza is the property owner.
The tract must be rezoned from C-2 convenience commercial and
M-2 light industrial to M-1 industrial, as well as obtain a
conditional-use industrial permit.
A routine visit to the site by
city officials revealed that the business was not complying
with current zoning laws, according to the report, and Kan
Metal was told it needed to have the land rezoned to operate
legally. The business then applied for the approvals.
A Kan Metal spokesman said the
business has been open for eight months, and he is hopeful that
the planning agency changes its mind because he doesnt
want to shutter the operation, which is equipped with a truck
scale and heavy equipment. The operation has been buying
ferrous and nonferrous metals, as well as whole vehicles.
The planning commission said it
denied a similar request to rezone the same land to M-1 in 2008
because the parcel is in a mixed-use area that includes
residential and commercial property, and heavy industrial use
is not compatible.
A meeting on the application is
scheduled for Jan. 14.