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Rock Hill holding public meeting with used car dealers on new lot rules

Arnold Reid hoses down a car for sale at M&M Motors on Cherry Road. One of 45 car dealerships in Rock Hill, M&M could be affected by new rules being crafted by city planners.
Arnold Reid hoses down a car for sale at M&M Motors on Cherry Road. One of 45 car dealerships in Rock Hill, M&M could be affected by new rules being crafted by city planners. bmarchant@heraldonline.com

Car dealers in Rock Hill will have a chance to vent some exhaust about the city’s proposed new restrictions on sales lot sizes.

Rock Hill planning and development employees will host a public meeting on Thursday with several car dealers and property owners to review new rules for lot sizes, layouts and locations for used car dealerships. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers at City Hall, 155 Johnston St. The meeting is open to the public.

Last month, the Rock Hill City Council approved a new ordinance restricting where and how new car lots can open in the city. Rock Hill already has 45 car lots, which tend to cluster in commercial areas.

The new rules call for a standard size for used car lots to ensure businesses have enough space for all cars on display, along with other requirements for landscaping and signs.

Council members have also asked the city’s appointed Planning Commission to come up with new rules which could affect existing car lots. Many local car lot owners have said they are concerned existing city zoning rules are already restrictive enough and more regulations could hamper their ability to attract customers.

City planners will present their proposal for new lot requirements and get feedback from lot owners and other members of the public at Thursday’s meeting. Businesses and property owners affected by the changes will be notified about the meeting in advance, officials say.

Bristow Marchant: 803-329-4062, @BristowatHome

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