HC Commissioners solicit public input

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 20, 2007

WINTON – The public will have a chance to discuss proposed changes to the Hertford County Zoning Ordinance.

Monday evening, Planning and Zoning Administrator Bill Early appeared before the Hertford County Commissioners to request a public hearing.

The hearing, which was approved and is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on May 21, will allow citizens to discuss changes that would reduce lot requirements for condominiums and townhouses served by public wastewater.

“We’ve had a request from developers to look at reduced lot sizes for condominiums and townhouses,” Early told the board. “The planning board has recommended waiving lot size restrictions if they are served by public wastewater.”

Early said the planning board had approved the measure and forwarded to commissioners for their review.

The current ordinance requires a 30,000 square foot lot size. Early said that was done because of there being sufficient space on the property for proper wastewater treatment.

“What you’re recommending is that lot sizes can be anything,” County Manger Loria D. Williams asked.

Early said there would be no minimum lot size requirement, but other provisions such as setbacks would still be in place.

The changes proposed by the planning board include adding a definition of condominiums, townhouse dwelling and townhouse lots.

It will also add condominiums and townhouses to acceptable uses for Residential Agricultural District and Riverside Residential and Camping Districts.

The ordinance will change the dimension requirements to say they are in effect only if the condominium units and townhouse lots are not served by public wastewater.

Commissioner Johnnie R. Farmer made the motion to set the public hearing with Commissioner John Pierce offering a second. It passed without objection.

In other business, the board:

* approved the sale of four acres of property in the Hertford County Industrial Park to Ricky Edwards;

* proclaimed April 22-28 the “Week of the Young Child” in the county;

* agreed to the use of fireworks at the St. John’s Fire Department’s Pork Fest;

* adopted a resolution in honor of the 103rd birthday of Alice Jones Nickens;

* reappointed the Joint Community Advisory Committee; and

* approved two budget resolutions.