11/10/2014 Planning & Zoning Commission Minutes

NOVEMBER 10, 2014

The Gordon County Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on Monday, November 10, 2014 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, Ron Free, Jerry Lovelace, Butch Layson, and Randy Rule

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.


A motion was made by Randy Rule to approve the minutes of the previous meeting of October 13, 2014. Jerry Lovelace seconded the motion. All voted aye. The minutes were approved as written.

(Tabled from October 13, 2014 meeting)

Chairman Rains read variance application #V14-07, Shane and Charity Carney, requesting a variance on a 16.978 acre tract located at 587 Wesley Chapel Road, Calhoun, to reduce setback requirements to adjacent dwelling to build chicken houses. The Carney’s represented the request explaining that they currently have 4 poultry houses at this location and would like to add 2 more houses because they need to increase their income and it would be more cost efficient to have the new houses with the existing houses, since all the services were already at the site. They presented the scaled drawing and photo as requested by Commission member Ron Free at the previous meeting. All adjoining property owners had been notified.

Judith Ralston, representing her mother, Tinsey Erwin, spoke in opposition to the requested variance. Mrs. Ralston stated that she felt that the 500 foot variance was in place for a reason and that it should used. Ms. Ralston also added that it would only be good for the Carney’s to build at that site but not for others in the area and that the Carney’s should look at other options on their land. The Carney’s spoke again stating that they did not have any other options on their land.

Ursula Desrosier, Zoning Administrator for Gordon County, recommended that the variance request identified as Application #V14-07 be approved.

Ron Free stated that because there was opposition and that the scaled drawing showed that the distance between the new chicken houses and the nearest adjacent dwelling would roughly be 350 feet, made the motion to deny the variance application identified as #V14-07 as requested. Butch Layson seconded the motion. Jerry Lovelace was opposed to the motion. Randy Rule voted with the motion. The vote was 3 to 1 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 6:20 p.m.

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