Should cargo containers be allowed on small lots in Apache Junction?

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Posted 7/27/20

Allowing cargo containers --- such as storage boxes used in shipping --- on lots smaller than 1.25 acres will be considered Tuesday by the Apache Junction Planning and Zoning Commission.

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Should cargo containers be allowed on small lots in Apache Junction?

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Allowing cargo containers --- such as storage boxes used in shipping --- on lots smaller than 1.25 acres will be considered Tuesday by the Apache Junction Planning and Zoning Commission.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. July 28 in the City Council Chambers, 300 E. Superstition Blvd.

The Apache Junction City Council has asked the planning and zoning commission to weigh-in on a resident’s request to review the current cargo container regulations in the zoning ordinance, Director of Development Services Larry Kirch said in a memo to the commission.

“The council in 1988 determined that the city was not going to allow cargo containers in the city. The council then re-opened the issue in 2008 and decided to regulate them on large-lot zoned property and on commercially zoned property,” he said.

City staff members recommend the current regulatory structure not be changed, he said.

“The city has a very difficult time regulating them as it is on 1.25-acre zoned property and should they be allowed in other zoning districts or smaller lots, the city will find it impossible to keep track of them. Roughly 80% of all cargo container permits that are issued begin as code compliance cases,” Mr. Kirch said in the memo.

According to a cargo container administrative use permit application and process guide at the city’s website, ajcity.net:

  • containers shall only be used for personal storage purposes and not for business storage or as a home-occupation workshop;
  • only one container of up to 40 feet in length shall be allowed;
  • those for permanent storage shall be allowed an electrical connection if properly permitted; and
  • those for permanent storage shall be uniformly painted with an earth-tone color --- a palette of browns, tans and greens natural to the Sonoran Desert environment --- and free from surface rust and advertising signage. Approval is required from the development services director if the property owner wishes to custom paint the container with a different color.

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