Officials in Livingston County took action last week regarding junkyards and auto salvage yards in the area. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to Zoning Administrator Mark Shockey:
Prior to the recent changes, the ordinance did not allow for the establishment of these types of businesses within the county. “We created some definitions that were added,” said Shockey,” One was for an automobile graveyard and another for a junk yard. We also established some operational standards for those businesses. We tried to correct the situation so that if anyone wanted to start such a business, there would be certain zoning districts that would be allowable for those things.”
According to Shockey, an inquiry by a local resident led to the action. “There was a request from a county resident to start a business where he would purchase scrap metals and resale them,” said Shockey,”That would fall under the definition of a junkyard. We traditionally think of a junkyard as just automobiles, but it actually includes any type of scrap material that would be bought or sold at a location.”
The permit application process will vary depending on if the land is zoned as agricultural, highway commercial, or industry property. Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact the zoning office for further details at 660-646-8000 ext. 102.