MOUNT JACKSON – Town Council members approved two permit requests that will create more business in town and approved a budget for the coming year on Tuesday evening.
Bowman Andros, an apple goods manufacturer that operates internationally, is looking to expand its plant in Mount Jackson with a food processing operation. The company has recently shifted away from some products but has retained the employees while they assess how many jobs the expansion will require once it’s completed.
The land Bowman Andros owns is zoned for industrial use and while the company will continue to use it for industrial use, the zoning requires a special use permit for the owners to make any kind of changes or additions.
Bowman Andros brought their request to the Planning Commission earlier this year and has presented site plans to that panel and to the Town Council in recent months.
Council members unanimously approved the special use permit.
Now that Bowman Andros has the go-ahead from the town, site plans have to be presented to the county for approval. Kevin Fauber, Mount Jackson’s manager, said Bowman Andros has said it wants to start construction in the fall but the timeline is contingent on the county’s permitting process. If the buildings start in the fall, the expansion is scheduled to be complete in 2021.
Council members paved the way for another nationally recognized business to come to town as they unanimously approved a conditional rezoning request for French Brothers LLC, which is working with Hardees to build a restaurant.
In order to best use the space, French Brothers LLC requested a conditional rezoning of slightly more than 18 acres. The land is zoned B-3, Fauber explained, which is classified as a “shopping center district.” French Brothers is requesting a conditional rezoning to allow for developing land less than 20 acres — the minimum allowed in B-3 sections — but is retaining the B-3 parking and setback requirements.
Under full B-2 zoning, Hardees would have to support roughly 70 parking spaces, Fauber said. The conditional rezoning allows them to only need a little more than 40.
The setback under B-2 zoning also wouldn’t give Hardees enough space for its drive-thru so the B-3 setback requirements — a minimum of 25 feet from the lot line — is being retained as well.
Council members finalized the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget via a unanimous vote as well.
The $2,261,200 budget projects modest increases in revenue from the current year and while small increases for water and sewer rates are included, other local taxes are remaining at current levels.
Council members also passed a resolution to adopt a federal grants administration policy and a conflict of interest policy, retroactive to July 1, 2018, to allow them to continue being able to receive federal funds for projects. Council members voted unanimously to approve the resolution and adopt the policy.