4/8/2013 Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting Minutes

April 8, 2013

The Gordon County Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on Monday, April 8, 2013 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:

Brad Rains Randy Rule
Ron Free Walter “Butch” Layson

Chairman Rains 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. Chairman Rains also welcomed guest with the 2013 Leadership program. The guests were Jennifer Wise, with Gordon Hospital; Russell Bennett, with Opus 1 Group: and Debra Brock, with the Gordon County Board of Education.


A motion was made by Randy Rule to approve the minutes of the previous meeting of February 11, 2013. Walter “Butch” Layson seconded the motion. All voted aye. The minutes were approved as written.


Chairman Rains read variance application #V13-01, Christy Gordon, requesting to reduce property side setback for existing storage building from 10 feet to 0 feet. Christy Gordon represented the request explaining that they did not know that they were required to get a permit or about set back requirements, prior to placing a metal carport on their property. They had been made aware of the need for the permit and variance from the Gordon County Ordinance Officer. She added that there was no other place to put the carport on the lot because of the terrain of the property. Ms. Gordon was told by the Planning Commission that it was actually on the adjoining property. Her reply was that the neighbor had helped her husband put the carport up. The Building Department review was that the variance be denied unless applicant can show proof that topography prevented this structure from being able to comply with standard setbacks and that the applicant be required to obtain permits and meet other standards as deemed necessary. All adjoining property owners had been notified.

Ursula Desrosier, Zoning Administrator for Gordon County, recommended that the variance request identified as Application #V13-01 be denied.

Ron Free made the motion to deny the variance request identified as Variance Application #V13-01. Walter “Butch” Layson seconded the motion. Randy Rule abstained from the vote. Chairman Rains voted with the motion. The vote was 3-0 to deny. The variance request was denied. The thirty- (30) day appeal period was explained.


There being no additional business, Ron Free made the motion to adjourn. Randy Rule seconded the motion. All voted aye. The meeting was adjourned at 6:18 p.m.

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