Public hearings look a little different in the time of COVID.

Even though Rosenberg City Council meetings aren’t held in person, citizens are still encouraged to speak their minds during these hearings.

At Tuesday’s meeting, council will hold a public hearing regarding the denial of a motor vehicle storage lot permit to JJJ Auto Parts & Storage.

JJJ Auto Parts & Storage is located at 808 Ave. H.

The code of ordinances provides for procedures that an applicant can follow to appeal to council the disapproval or revocation of a motor vehicle storage lot permit.

The city’s salvage yard/motor vehicle storage yard ordinance does not allow permits to be transferred to different sites or applicants/owners.

In this particular case, city staff was not able to issue the renewal of a permit to operate the business due to a change in ownership.

According to city staff, the change in ownership was not voluntary and was the result of a death in the family, resulting in the new property owner (son of the former owner).

The current owner wishes to continue operating JJJ Auto Parts & Storage on the same property, which he now owns due to his father death.

Additionally, these businesses cannot be located within 500 feet of a church, school, hospital, daycare or residence, and a minimum of two acres is required to operate a facility like this.

City staff noted that the ordinance dates back to 2008. The facility under appeal would not be permitted if constructed today.

Staff does not have any objection considering there is no change in the land use, only the ownership.

The teleconference Zoom meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Citizens will not be allowed to attend council meetings, but can still ask questions via letters, telephone or email.

Email comments to dswint@rosenbergtx.gov.

Meetings can be watched live on the city’s YouTube Channel “RosenbergTXGov,” on the city’s website at www.rosenbergtx.gov/tv, and on Comcast Channel 16 for residents within the city limits.

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