Reynoldsburg City Council's service committee voted Monday night to send a request for a special exception use permit on to the full council for a vote.

Reynoldsburg City Council's service committee voted Monday night to send a request for a special exception use permit on to the full council for a vote.

The action comes after owner John Swartz explained to the committee what he intends to do to clean up the area outside his car repair business at 1349 Brice Road.

He said he plans to install landscaping and will keep vehicles parked in an orderly fashion inside marked spaces.

Since the special use permit has been on the service committee's agenda, chairman Mel Clemens has voiced his concerns about how the business looks from Brice Road. He cited how the vehicles were parked in the lot, not in a straight line, and said the area may need some landscaping to make it look nice.

"The important part is we don't have a bunch of junk cars just sitting in every direction all over the place," he said.

City development director Lucas Haire said vehicles at the business should not be parked on any grass but on a paved surface. He, too, said landscaping should be put in to shield some of the vehicles waiting to be serviced.

Clemens also requested that special tags be used on repaired vehicles and on vehicles waiting to be serviced as they sit in the parking lot. Swartz said those tags are on order.

Councilwoman Leslie Kelly asked Swartz to put his plans in writing, including a time when he expects them to be completed.

Swartz didn't know until after he opened his business in early January that he needed a special permit to operate because the area is zoned as a Community Commerce district, which only permits businesses related to retail and personal services.

Once he was notified by the Truro Township Fire Department, he applied for the permit on Jan. 31.

Haire said chief building official Chet Hopper will be checking to be sure the building also meets code compliance standards.

Clemens said if the special use permit is approved, the business will be reviewed after six months to make sure Swartz is complying with his plans.

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