SUPERIOR — Superior City Council passed a zoning change on Tuesday, June 7 that would set bylaws for drive-in speakers used near residential properties, but sent another proposed zoning change back to committee.
The planning commission will again consider allowing gun sales in freeway commercial areas when it meets on July 20.
Currently, gun sales are only permitted in the central business district and manufacturing areas.
“I thought it was not a good idea when it was proposed several weeks ago,” said Tom Ledin of South Superior. “Now, with recent events in our country, I think it’s an even worse idea. It seems that gun violence is exploding in our big and small cities. You’ve seen the news. People are dying. Children die.
Ledin said the city council was even considering revoking the Palace Bar’s licenses, in part because of the gun violence.
In May, the council held a public hearing to consider not renewing the Palace Bar’s licenses at the request of Chief Constable Nicholas Alexander. That hearing did not take place on Tuesday after the license applications were withdrawn.
“Let’s not stick our heads in the sand and pretend it can’t happen here,” Ledin said.
Commercial districts on the freeway are near schools, churches, grocery stores, bars and restaurants, parks, seniors’ residences and a daycare centre, he said.
“I believe this change in policy is a matter of public safety,” Ledin said. “I know there’s not much you can do as advisers to stop gun violence events, but one thing I think you can do is not make it easier for gun violence to happen by allowing guns to proliferate. in our community.”
Councilor Mike Herrick moved to refer the change of ordinance to the plan commission.
“I would like everything to stay as is because it’s working right now,” Herrick said.
Herrick would like the commission to consider creating a special use permit so the city can better control where gun sales are allowed.
“The first thing I thought about was opening that door, like we did with these loan places, where they’re popping up here, here, here, and we have no control,” said Herrick.
When payday and title loan establishments began popping up in Superior in the early 2000s, the city and state had no regulations to prevent them from opening. The city has since put in place regulations that limit the opening of similar new establishments.
However, state law requires that special use permits be issued if all requirements are met, effectively limiting local control.
New businesses that operate a drive-thru and are adjacent to or across from residential or zoned property will need to follow new regulations.
The drive-thru speaker and window must be at least 50 feet from the residential property line, and hours of operation would be limited based on distance from a residential structure, sound attenuation and landscaping. Wherever possible, speakers should be aimed away from residential property.