Board to decide on Bean home occupation

By By Bill Rautenstrauch The Observer July 02, 2012 02:38 pm

During its meeting Thursday, the Union County Board of Commissioners plans to render a tentative decision on the appeal of Benjamin and Ariel Bean’s home business on West Road.

The planning commission approved the Beans’ application for a permit to operate a motorcycle and auto repair business on their West Road property following a contentious hearing March 26. 

Benjamin Bean told the planning commission that he needed to run the business at the home location because he is caring for his father who is elderly and ill.

Neighborhood residents appealed the planning commission’s decision, saying they had concerns with traffic impacts, noise, dust and other issues. Some residents said the permit didn’t meet land use criteria.

In June, the county board heard lengthy testimony from the neighbors and Benjamin Bean. Bean said he has been operating within the conditions set by the planning commission, that impacts caused by his business are light, and that other businesses in the area cause as much impact or more.

After hearing testimony in the June meeting, the board tabled the matter to Thursday, keeping the record open for additional written testimony. Thursday, it will make a tentative decision on the appeal, and direct Planning Director Hanley Jenkins to draft findings of fact.

Among conditions imposed by the planning commission was one that requires Bean to relocate the business within 12 months of the death of his father. 

Other conditions include operating hours between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., no major repairs done outside the shop building, delivery vehicles limited to one ton or smaller, and no parking on the roadway adjacent to the property.

Bean can only use 1200 square feet of his large shop building for business purposes.

Thursday’s meeting opens at 9:30 am.  a.m. in the commissioners’  conference room, 1106 K Ave.

 In other business, the board plans to hear an update on operations at the Blue Mountain Humane Society animal shelter, and also meet with representatives of the Northeast Oregon Network to discuss local health care issues.