Dry Ridge approves where truck stop may locate within city

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By Bryan Marshall


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Dry Ridge City Council clarified where a truck stop potentially could be located in the city during its June 10 meeting.

Council approved a second reading to amend the text of a zoning ordinance that would include truck stops as a conditional use in a highway commercial zone area.

A public hearing was held April on the issue with the Grant County Planning Commission.

“This amendment makes it very clear that, if you are to operate a truck stop in Dry Ridge, that it is a conditional use in a highway commercial zone,” said city attorney Jack Gatlin. “A conditional use would require approval of the Board of Adjustments.”

Council also approved a second reading of an ordinance for the regulation of peer to peer short-term home rentals, commonly known as AirBNBs.

Under the ordinance, all short-term rentals must be registered annually with the city. A non-refundable $25 fee would accompany the registration of the rental.

There also is to be no signage on the premises identifying it as a short-term rental.

The ordinance states that the number of guests that can reside in a short-term rental is limited to no more than three times the number of bedrooms at the rental. 

A first reading also was heard of an ordinance amending the alcoholic beverage control ordinance.

“There is going to be an initial assessment of a 5-percent tax of gross sales on all alcoholic beverages sold by the drink or gross sales of packaged distilled spirits, wine or malt beverages,” Gatlin said. “This ordinance was originally passed in 2016 prior to the law, which will come into effect prior to this budget year on June 27, I believe, that will allow cities under 20,000 people to now impose the tax on the gross sale of alcoholic beverages.”

The 5-percent tax cannot exceed the cost to the city of alcohol now being permitted to be sold in the city, according to Gatlin.

The council will vote on the second reading of the proposed ordinance during an upcoming meeting.