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County UDO due for a big makeover

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

A series of amendments to the county’s Unified Development Ordinance aimed at easing regulations will be a topic of discussion during a public hearing at Monday night’s meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners.

A total of 14 amendments are up for consideration. They are the result of a review by the Planning Board and staff, said Zoning Administrator Randy Hawkins in a memo to county officials.

Specifically, he noted that they are “largely aimed at relaxing regulations.”

The UDO was approved by commissioners three years ago, resulting in some controversy at the time.

“Last year, the Eastern Lincoln Development District was established and additional standards were approved for areas where commercial and multifamily development is most likely to occur,” Hawkins wrote. “With the district in place, the Board of Commissioners asked the Planning Board to re-examine the UDO for possible revisions.”

If approved, the revisions are expected to add flexibility to the UDO while also maintaining the necessary standards for new development.

Also at Monday’s meeting, a public hearing will be conducted on a conditional-rezoning request to operate an Internet sweepstakes center at 1894 W. N.C. 150 in Lincolnton. Planning staff recommends disapproval of the request, citing the property’s location in a residential area and late hours of operation as reasons. They additionally noted that there are other business uses allowed there that would be a better fit with the neighborhood.

Similar requests resulted in split decisions by commissioners at their previous meeting.

Other items on Monday night’s meeting agenda include:

A public hearing will be conducted on LandMark Self Storage’s request to rezone property, located roughly 250 feet west of N.C. 150 and just south of Quinlan Lane in Ironton Township, to permit a storage area for boats and recreational vehicles in conjunction with an existing self-storage facility.

A public hearing will be conducted on the 2012 Scattered Site Housing Program.

Commissioners will consider approving additional incentives for Denver Global Products, the company acquired in February by China-based RATO and now serving as its North American headquarters, in an effort to lure the company to also bring a manufacturing facility that could create hundreds of jobs to Lincoln County.

Commissioners will consider an ordinance amending the Code of Ordinances regarding soil erosion and sedimentation control.

A presentation will be made to Eagle Scouts Jared Fulker and Benjamin Catoe.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Citizens Center and is open to the public.

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