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County to revisit divisive zoning question




The Lincoln County Board of Commissioners will revisit a rezoning request at tonight’s meeting that previously elicited a divided response.

The Times-News reported after the Sept. 12 meeting that applicant Josh Kiser’s request to rezone nearly an acre of land in Ironton Township from residential-suburban to general-business was sent back to the Planning Board with a 3-2 vote by commissioners to be looked at within 60 days.

The property is located on the south side of N.C. 150, about 200 feet west of Quinlan Lane. Its proposed use is for retail sales of landscaping products, with pick-up and delivery.

The Planning Board had originally voted 4-3 to recommend the request be disapproved, but Commissioner Carrol Mitchem noted that no one had spoken against the request during its public hearing. He added that he had a problem denying a person the opportunity to start a business.

At a meeting on Oct. 3, the Planning Board voted 6-2 to table the issue until tonight’s meeting for further review.

Other items on tonight’s agenda include:

A second public hearing for the North Carolina Tomorrow Grant will be conducted.

Erma Deen Hoyle, director of the Lincoln County Parks and Recreation Department, will be presented with the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association Award.

Hoyle will present a recommendation for a contract award for East Lincoln Park improvements.

The forestry service report will be given.

Director of Public Works Burns Whittaker will present a declaration of surplus for two rental houses owned by the county that are in poor condition.

Whittaker will also present resolutions for a planning grant for Lakehaven Sewer improvements.

Assistant County Manager Martha Lide will present a design and construction agreement for Phase 2 of the Lincoln County Emergency Radio Systems Upgrade Project.

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