HAB Automotive, a subsidiary of Heppner's Auto Body & Glass, is requesting approval of a conditional use permit and setback variance at 47 Century Avenue North. Historically, the property has been used for auto parts sales and auto repair but has been dormant for several years. Zoning now requires a conditional use permit for auto repair and a setback of 350 feet from residential properties. The applicant is seeking approval for a setback variance because this site is immediately adjacent to residential property to the west. HAB Automotive would use the site to perform mechanical repairs, calibrations, and diagnostics on vehicles that are already undergoing auto body repairs at one of their six Heppner's Auto Body & Glass locations.
HAB Automotive intends on keeping the site and exterior of the building the same except for adding a chain-link fence to the south, and vehicle access gates to the north and south of the building to access the back lot. These gates will be setback from the front of the building. On the interior, the building will be broken into two distinct purposes. The rear (west) four service bays will stay the same for mechanical operations. The front two-thirds of the inside will be renovated to allow for a "clean room" for the calibration process that has a flat floor, open space, adjustable lighting, special paint, and non-reflective surfaces. The applicant states that there will be no painting or auto body work performed at this location. Applicant states their hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Approval Process - Where does this project currently stand?
Planning Commission - Reviewed this request on July 19, 2022 and RECOMMENDED APPROVAL