9/12/2016 Planning and Zoning Commission Minutes

GORDON COUNTY
PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION
PUBLIC HEARING
SEPTEMBER 12, 2016


The Gordon County Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Gordon County Administration Building for the purpose of hearing variance and zoning change requests.

Members present were:
Randy Rule, Jerry Lovelace, Butch Layson, and Nathan Serritt

Randy Rule called the meeting to order and advised all present of the sign-up sheets available for those who wish to address the Planning Commission on any of the zoning or variance change applications.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion was made by Jerry Lovelace to approve the minutes of the previous meeting of August 8, 2016. Nathan Serritt seconded the motion. All voted aye. The minutes were approved as written.

VARIANCE APPLICATION #V16-06, CALHOUN SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST (Tabled from August 8, 2016)

Chairman Rule read variance application #V16-06, Calhoun Seventh Day Adventist, requesting to increase sign square footage and height allowance for a 18.31 acre tract located at 1411 Highway 53 West, Calhoun. John Freeman, Project Manager for Valley Signs and Darrell Starkey, representing the Calhoun Seventh Day Adventist Church, addressed the Planning Commission with the new plans they had came up with since the last meeting. They stated that the height issue could be taken care of by raising the grade of the property and they presented two sign drawings of 180 square feet or 162 square feet for the Planning Commission to consider. It was added that either would visible from State Route 53. All adjoining property owners had been notified.

Ursula Desrosier, Zoning Administrator for Gordon County, recommended that the variance request identified as Application #V16-06 be approved.

Butch Layson made the motion to approve the Variance Application #V16-06 to allow construction of a 162 square foot LED sign. Jerry Lovelace seconded the motion. All voted aye. The variance was granted. The thirty-(30) day appeal period was explained.

VARIANCE APPLICATION #V16-08, HAROLD & JOAN HUGHES

Chairman Rule read variance application #V16-08, Harold and Joan Hughes, requesting to reduce the county road frontage for a 35.51 acre tract located on McDaniel Station Road, Calhoun. Mr. Hughes represented the request stating that he and Mike Jones had bought the property in this area and had divided it between themselves and his tract only left him with 129.31 feet of county road frontage and he would like to acquire a variance of 20.69 feet. He also added that he had no plans for building on this site; he was just going to use his 35.51 acres for hunting. Mike Jones spoke in support for Mr. Hughes receiving the variance. All adjoining property owners had been notified.

Ursula Desrosier, Zoning Administrator for Gordon County, recommended that the variance request identified as Application #V16-08 be approved.

Nathan Serritt made the motion to approve the Variance Application #V16-08 to reduce the required 150 feet of county road frontage down to 129.31 feet. Jerry Lovelace seconded the motion. All voted aye. The variance was granted. The thirty-(30) day appeal period was explained.

VARIANCE APPLICATION #V16-09, AMITKUMAR PATEL (Applicant: Jason Everts)

Chairman Rule read variance application #V16-09, Amitkumar Patel (applicant: Jason Everts), requesting to reduce the required rear property setback and rear buffer strip for a .47 acre tract located at 1135 Resaca-Lafayette Road, Resaca. Mr. Everts represented the request explaining Mr. Patel would like to hire him to build an addition on the rear of the existing store. The addition to the store would be for a seating area for the snack bar and a beer cave, so there would not have to be any additional plumbing. All adjoining property owners had been notified.

Ursula Desrosier, Zoning Administrator for Gordon County, recommended that the variance request identified as Application #V16-09 be approved, with the stipulation that the requirements for Environmental Health be approved prior to issuing any building permits.

Jerry Lovelace made the motion to approve the Variance Application #V16-09 to reduce the required rear setback from 20 feet to 18 feet (2 foot variance) and to reduce the buffer strip from 25 feet to 18 feet (7 foot variance) with the stipulation that the requirements for Environmental Health be approved prior to issuing any building permits. Nathan Serritt seconded the motion. All voted aye. The variance was granted. The thirty-(30) day appeal period was explained.

REZONING APPLICATION #Z16-15, MICKEY L. MOORE (Moore Equipment Sales, Inc.)

Chairman Rule read rezoning application #Z16-15, Moore Equipment Sales, Inc., requesting to rezone 2 acres located at 5867 Red Bud Road, Ranger from A-1 to CH. Mickey L. Moore represented the request, explaining that the company needed to add an addition to the existing office and to do so they needed to bring in compliance with the ULDC. Mr. Moore also added that the business had been there since 1999. All adjoining property owners had been notified.

Ursula Desrosier, Zoning Administrator for Gordon County, recommended that the rezoning request identified as Application #Z16-15 be approved and the future land use map be amended.

Nathan Serritt made the motion to approve the rezoning application identified as #Z16-15 from A-1 to CH and amend the future land use map. Butch Layson seconded the motion. All voted aye. The recommendation for approval was sent to the Board of Commissioners.

REZONING APPLICATION #Z16-17, JOSEPH A. HOPPER (Applicant: Terry Brumlow for David & Karen Tinsley)

Chairman Rule read rezoning application #Z16-17, Joseph A. Hopper (applicant: David and Karen Tinsley) requesting to rezone 2.32 acres located on US Hwy. 411, Ranger from A-1 to RA-1. Terry Brumlow, a local attorney represented the request, explaining that the Tinsley’s were cousins to Mr. Hopper and still live in New York, but when they retire they are going to locate in Ranger and have already purchased this tract of land and they just wanted to get everything in order so when they did retire they would be ready to build on this property. All adjoining property owners had been notified.

Ursula Desrosier, Zoning Administrator for Gordon County, recommended that the rezoning request identified as Application #Z16-17 be approved.

Jerry Lovelace made the motion to approve the rezoning application identified as #Z16-17 from A-1 to RA-1. Butch Layson seconded the motion. All voted aye. The recommendation for approval was sent to the Board of Commissioners.

ADDITIONAL BUSINESS

Ursula Desrosier, Zoning Administrator for Gordon County, announced that the Board of Commissioners had asked for the Planning Commissions’ input on Section 5.02.00 Accessory Uses and Structures and Section 5.02.01 Pre-engineered or pre-assembled metal structures shall be no larger than 500 square feet in area, should this statement be more clearly defined for residential and/or agricultural such as: should variances be granted on residential, should agricultural be allowed without variances, etc. They are just looking for the Planning Commissions input and ideas.

Randy Rule noted that he believed that this should be more clearly defined to give folks parameters on the residential side and that the Planning Commission should possibly start looking at other counties for what kind of guidelines they have in place. Mr. Rule also thought that the Planning Commission should be more proactive to look at other statements in ULDC that might need more clarification as well in the future.

There being no additional business, Nathan Serritt made the motion to adjourn. Jerry Lovelace seconded the motion. All voted aye. The meeting was adjourned at 6:47 p.m.

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