Donald Allgood Jr. told Brownwood City Council members Tuesday he's never had any complaints from neighbors about his property in the 2300 block of Main Boulevard in north Brownwood.

Allgood keeps his property as a contractor's storage yard for the storage of large equipment including loaders, dozers and dump trucks, as well as miscellaneous construction materials.

But Allgood said he learned his property, at 2310-2314 Main Boulevard, isn't zoned for that type of use. Brownwood City Council members approved an ordinance on first reading to rezone the property from MH Manufactured Home/Mobile Home District to M1 Restricted Industrial District.

The Planning and Zoning Commission had voted earlier to deny Donald Allgood Jr.'s request to rezone his property, located at 2310-2314 Main Boulevard, from 

It required a 4/5 vote of the City Council to overturn the Planning and Zoning Commission's denial of the rezone request, council members were told.

The ordinance for the rezoning will become final upon council members' approval on a third reading.

Only an M1 or M2 zoning designation would accommodate the type of business Allgood has, council members were told, and all surrounding properies are zoned MH (Manufactured Home).

Allgood has operated his business on the property since 2008, council members were told. A zoning change will require Allgood to install a solid screening wall on all sides of his property, and Allgood said he needs to do that anyway for security reasons.

Allgood told council members he had bought the business from his grandfather.

Allgood lives in a manufactured home on the property, and a zoning change to M1 Restricted Industrial District would place his home out of compliance, council members were told. As a "non-conforming use," council members were told, should the manufactured home be removed, it would have to be replaced with a newer model the same size or larger. It could also be replaced with a smaller modular home or a site-built home.

Before council members voted on the rezoning, Mayor Stephen Haynes said there are always two issues with rezoning requests. The first relates to the "permanency of the change," noting that future owners of the property could use it differently than does the current owner.

The second issue, Haynes said, is that "zoning is the only protection neighbors have against neighbors."