A landscaping business that had been operating illegally for four years on Whalen Road now has the city’s blessing.

Capital Landscape Contractors had been renting the property at 6015 Whalen Road against the property’s zoning code, but the Plan Commission approved a conditional use permit last month that allows for a business use. City planner Tom Hovel told the commission his staff had received a complaint about the operation and worked with the property owner to review the history of uses on the property, according to minutes from the Feb. 20 meeting.

Three people spoke in favor of the request during the public hearing on the proposal, and one of them submitted a petition in support that had 51 signatures.

According to information in the meeting packet, the company has six to 10 employees and stores pickup trucks, dump trucks, skid steers and other smaller equipment on the property. During the “busy season” for landscaping, which runs from April to November, there are about 30 trips in and out of the property daily, according to the information provided to the planning department.

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