10/8/2018 Planning and Zoning Commission


OCTOBER 8, 2018

The Gordon County Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on Monday, October 8, 2018 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, Eddie Smith, Jerry Lovelace, 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. Chairman Rule welcomed guests, Gordon County Administrator/Attorney, Jim Ledbetter and Gordon County Fire Chief, Doug Ralston.


A motion was made by Nathan Serritt to approve the minutes of the previous meeting of September 10, 2018. Eddie Smith seconded the motion. All voted aye. The minutes were approved as written.

(Tabled from September, 10, 2018)

Chairman Rule read variance application #Z18-16, Juan Jesus Lemus Garcia, requesting a variance for a 0.812 acre tract located at 1409 Hwy. 41 North, Calhoun. Brenda Jaramillo represented the request to interpret explaining that Mr. Garcia would like to be allowed to reduce the buffer strip to 20 feet on side and rear of property line. Ms. Jaramillo explained that Mr. Garcia would like to build a 40×60 building with 3 bays for the auto repair shop if it is within his budget to do so and that is why he would need the variance. If this size is not affordable for him he will build a 25×45 building with 2 bays, but still needed the variance for extra parking. He is going to tear down the 2 existing houses and place trees as a buffer to the adjoining property owners. All adjoining property owners had been notified.

Ursula Richardson, Zoning Administrator for Gordon County, recommended that the variance request identified as Application #V18-16 be approved as requested.

Eddie Smith made the motion to approve the variance application #V18-16, to reduce the buffer strip to 20 feet to side and rear of property line with the stipulation that guidelines under the ULDC be followed for the buffer between the adjoining properties. Jerry Lovelace seconded the motion. All voted aye. The variance was granted. The thirty-(30) day appeal period was explained.


On the request by Flipper McDaniel for modification to the U.L.D.C Section 6.03.03, Jim Ledbetter, County Administrator/Attorney, stated that Mr. McDaniel has asked for an exception to the U.L.D.C. for rural estate plats and that the Board of Commissioners would like a recommendation from the Planning Commission if this exception should even be considered in this case or should the U.L.D.C 6.03.03 be amended. Doug Ralston stated that he objects to an exception being made because it will not provide fire protection for those future residents. Randy Rule questioned where the burden would fall and Mr. Ralston answered that it would either be a burden on the current estate owners or on the tax payers if the exception is allowed. The U.L.D.C. states fire hydrants needs to be every 500 feet. Jerry Lovelace made a motion that the U.L.D.C. 6.03.03 needs to be amended with a new narrative. Eddie Smith seconded the motion. All voted aye. Jim Ledbetter will let the Board of Commissioners know the Planning Commission’s recommendation.


There being no additional business, Jerry Lovelace made the motion to adjourn. Eddie Smith seconded the motion. All voted aye. The meeting was adjourned at 6:17 p.m.

Zelda Gregg, Secretary
Randy Rule, Chairman
Butch Layson, Vice-Chairman

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