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Commissioners to decide rezoning requests


Staff Writer

County commissioners will determine the fate of several zoning permit requests at their meeting tonight. At the Jan. 6 meeting, officials listened to three rezoning and conditional use permit requests, one of which was fairly controversial.

Last week, neighboring residents shared mixed feelings about applicant American Tower Corp.’s request to erect a 195-foot wireless telecommunications tower on Buffalo Shoals Road in the Ironton Township. Three members of the Southers family spoke against the construction of the tower, stating that the tower’s close proximity to their backyard would decrease their property value and increase the chances of a diesel fuel leak polluting their water supply.

Planning Board members voted 6-0 last Monday to recommend approval with one condition: a landscaped vegetative buffer would be required around the perimeter of the facility to effectively screen the view of the equipment compound. The buffer, consisting of native trees and shrubs, must grow to a minimum of 10 feet tall.

Commissioners will also determine whether to accept a proposal to amend the Lincoln County Unified Development Ordinance that would make a telecommunication s tower standing at 101-325 feet in height a conditional use in the R-S and R-SF districts. Screening and fencing would also be required for equipment compounds for telecommunications towers.

Planning Board members voted to recommend approval with the revision that all antenna support structures should be enclosed by security fencing not less than eight feet in height. The applicant originally had proposed the security fencing stand at a minimum of six feet in height.

Applicants Steven and Danielle Maggs will also learn if their request to rezone 0.73 acres from a Neighborhood Business to Conditional Zoning General Industrial in order to permit the expansion of their self-storage facility. The property is located on the west side of N.C. 16 Business, about 250 feet north of Galway Lane in the Catawba Springs Township. Planning Board members voted 6-0 to recommend their approval.

Gaston-Cleveland-Lincoln Metropolitan Planning Organization member Bjorn Hansen will give a presentation regarding the area public transportation systems. Currently, the recommendations for Transportation Lincoln County includes purchasing additional vehicles, building park and ride lots, developing van pools, expanding their hours of service and expanding their deviated route service.

County commissioners will also receive an update on Capital Improvement Projects as well as the County Manager’s report, County Commissioners’ Report, County Attorney’s Report, Register of Deeds Report and the Property Tax Collection Report.

The Board of Commissioners will meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Citizens Center. The meeting is open to the public.


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