County Commissioners Revisit Zoning Notification

By: Sabrina Zimring Email
By: Sabrina Zimring Email

When a developer wants to build, he's responsible for notifying property owners within 1000 feet of their property of possible zoning changes.

County officials also bare some of the responsibility.

"State law only requires the county publish it in the paper. The county also posts signs on the sight that zoning is pending, and we send out these notices. My point is the county goes well beyond what's required by the state law in requires to zoning notices."

But county officials have been overwhelmed with complaints from homeowners who say they're not being notified of zoning changes.

"They put up signs, put it in the paper, on the website. I don't know what else we can do."

The county planning commission took a closer look at the issue and recommended Tuesday that the county required developers to mail the notices certified mail, in the radius of 300 feet.

Commissioners had their own ideas.

"I think we should stay with 1000 ft. and certified mail."

"I agree with the certified mail. 1000ft is a little much, 500 feet certified mail is a good plan."

County officials say mailing notices certified mail could draw out the zoning process, but county commissioner are hopeful it will alleviate the problem of uninformed neighbors.

Staff will take commissioner suggestions into account and come back with a revised recommendation at the end of March.

Commissioners also discussed some type of notification scale. For example, if you build up 40 feet you would have to notify neighbors in a proportionate distance. Commissioners say this would be especially beneficial when tall condominiums cast shadows on homeowners more than 1,000 feet away.

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