"That's zoned commercial, where automobile dealerships are a permitted use," Vogel said.
The Planning Commission at its meeting on Aug. 28 will be determining only if the proposed dealership, including the 14,000-square-foot showroom/service building, meets design standards for a "gateway overlay district." The city code has additional design requirements at major entryways to the city to "create a memorable and positive first impression" of Mankato, according to the code.
"It requires some extraordinary landscaping and certain other treatments," Vogel said, "but nothing onerous."
The Kia designs appear to meet the obligations.
"It's consistent with other newer dealerships," he said.