P&Z The Colony

City planner Keyl Groff presenting to The Colony Planning and Zoning Commission in a Tuesday meeting

Edited on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 1:49 p.m. for clarification that final authorization of a permit is pending a vote from The Colony City Council.

Despite zoning ordinances mandating that two thrift stores in The Colony cannot be less than two miles from each other, a thrift store 1.2 miles from Thrift Giant received approval for a specific use permit by The Colony Planning and Zoning Commission in a Tuesday meeting.

Final approval for the permit is now pending a vote from The Colony City Council.

The proposed facility, a The Colony location of Celina-based nonprofit Grace Bridge Resale, also violated an ordinance stipulating that any thrift store located in a strip mall must be at least 25% smaller than the strip’s flagship tenant. The applicant’s facility was found by city staff to be 14% smaller than prospective co-tenant and fashion retailer Ross, located on 4711 State Highway 121.

According to city planner Keyl Groff, these ordinances were enacted because The Colony City Council was “concerned about having too many thrift stores within the same shopping center that it might change the character of that shopping center.”

Because the Grace Bridge Resale project did not meet these regulations, a specific use permit was required. The Planning and Zoning Commission voted 6-1 to grant it after roughly 25 minutes of deliberation, with Commissioner Randy Dull being the sole dissenting vote.

“I love everything that I’ve heard tonight, but you violate two of the three criteria, so I can’t support it,” Dull said to the applicant.

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