The Bedford City Council approves rezoning request for property that will house car lot on Williams Road

BEDFORD – The Bedford City Council approved the rezoning request for the property at 1600 Williams Road, after delaying the vote from the previous meeting to allow the proper amount of time for community members to speak up for or against the planned rezoning.

The property at 1600 Williams Road

The request is to rezone the property to an I-1 Light Industrial District for the use of an impound car lot, personal storage unit, and business offices for Bland’s Wrecker Service.

Concern over the length of time each vehicle would be in the lot and the negative impact on the scenery of the area had previously been mentioned by members of the Bedford Plan Commission, but the request was approved contingent on the installation of a chain-link fence with mesh tied to the side to block the view through the fence, and limiting the length of time vehicles are in the lot to a maximum of 30 days.

The yellow highlighted area shows where the car lot will be located

Additional concerns over the impact the vehicles would have on the environment with the potential of leaking oil were also mentioned previously, but the company assured they would use a “car diaper” to insure the oil would not leak onto the ground.

The council did receive calls in regards to the property, along the lines of who would enforce the rules on the property if they fail to keep the area clean, which will be checked regularly by the Bedford Planning and Zoning Department. No one appeared during the City Council meeting to speak against the change, and the council voted to approve the rezoning request.