The topic of special use permits came up again at this week's Godfrey Village Board meeting. It has been a bone of contention for some trustees, who feel the permits should be a tool at their disposal. It came to light a couple of weeks ago when a new light metals manufacturing business requested a change in zoning so that they could move into the old Dixon Distributing location.
That required a change from B-4 Highway Business to M-2 General Manufacturing. Trustee Mike Stumpf says getting to that point was an ordeal that could be avoided in the future by overhauling permitted uses in the various zoning categories.
The fear with the Dixon property was that if the business goes under and a new business locates there with M-2 reading as it does now, the property could potentially host a livestock facility or junkyard. The possibility of an adult store was also brought up, but that notion was quickly debunked, noting its proximity to several churches.