Monday, November 19, 2012
Pet Stores Offering Friday Savings for All Ye Over-stuffed Consumers
There's the overeating, the overeating again, and then there are still the desserts. For anything left over — and there still will be, even after all of that, even after Dad's thirds — here's last year's column on Thanksgiving-style pet food. And for those of us who already know we'll be so stuffed after our smörgåsbord that the thought of stuffing will make us nauseous, well, let's redirect our attention to the day after. The day of doorbuster sales and stretching one's legs to move faster than one's neighbor toward savings. The day we temporarily turn our attention from overeating to overwhelmed. The day we never weigh ourselves. Black Friday. Good news: Pet stores in nearby are touting some pretty appetizing savings on food, treats, …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Solon voters decision to allow pet stores in certain retail districts means Petco can move in to Uptown Solon without an intensive planning process.
Under Solon's old zoning code, Petco wasn't allowed to move into Uptown Solon. But now that voters have amended the zoning code by passing Issue 89, Petco will be able to move into the shopping plaza as a permitted use, thereby clearing away any potentially time consuming planning processes, such as approval from the planning commission and city council. Planning Director Rob Frankland said he does not yet know when Petco plans to move into the shopping center. The company will have to obtain building and occupancy permits before they can open. Before the vote on Nov. 6, Solon's zoning code does not allow pet stores in shopping plazas and other retail-friendly areas zoned under the C-2 district, which is a "restricted commercial" setting …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
A ballot issue to allow pet stores in certain retail areas was approved by the voters in Solon.
Pet store chain Petco will now be able to move into Uptown Solon after voters passed a zoning amendment. Voters overwhelmingly approved the amendment, which was supported by planning staff. The amendment allows pet stores in certain retail districts. The amendment had to pass citywide and in Ward 6, where Uptown Solon is located. Here are the full results:
Monday, November 5, 2012
Solon voters will decide Tuesday on Issue 89, a zoning amendment that would allow Petco to open at Uptown Solon.
The owners of Uptown Solon want to bring the pet chain Petco to Solon, but need approval from the city's voters first. Solon's zoning code does not allow pet stores in shopping plazas and other retail-friendly areas. Voters will decided Nov. 6 if they want to allow pet stores in the C-2 Zoning District. That would pave the way for Petco to open at Uptown Solon. The owners of the center have put up a number of signs promoting Issue 89. If it passes it would allow Petco to open. City planners can't find a good reason why they shoudn't be allowed. Planning Director Rob Frankland said there is "no obvious planning rationale" for not allowing pet stores in the same zoning district that includes shopping centers, sit-down restaurants, banks and …