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After years of apparently failing to comply with the requirements of its original zoning, The Home Depot at 5801 W. Loop 289 was granted a zoning change during a Lubbock City Council meeting Tuesday, removing restrictions the store has been violating on the display of outdoor items.

On the recommendation of city staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission, the council approved the store’s request to move to C-4 commercial district zoning with no specific use restrictions. The plat was originally zoned C-4 with a specific use for a home improvement store with an enclosed garden center.

The previous specific use restrictions limited how the store could use its outdoor space. It stipulated that portable buildings, plants and yard equipment could be displayed outside, but only up to the front of the sidewalk and not in the parking lot, according to the city’s planning director Kristen Sager. In addition, the store could not stack products above the chain-link fence surrounding the garden center and was required to have 150 available parking spaces.

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