At their last regular meeting for fiscal year 2018-2019 held Monday evening, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners discussed numerous zoning items reviewed at the meeting held on June 3. These items were subsequently approved by the planning board and presented to the commissioners by Lincoln County zoning administrator Randy Hawkins. At the meeting on June 3, the board tabled their discussion on a request from Jerry Geymont, until the meeting held Monday night.
This request from Geymont was to rezone 21.8 acres located at the end of Overhill Lane off Reepsville Road from Residential Single-Family to Transitional Residential. While the planning board voted 6-2 to recommend approval, the board of commissioners denied the request. The area in question is primarily single-family homes and in consideration of that, Commissioner Richard Permenter said that he couldn’t see any compelling reason to change the land to Transitional Residential.
“It seems to me that we’re obligated to try to figure out what the best and highest use is and to go to Transitional Residental in that area would open it up to considerably less restrictive uses,” he said.
Commissioner Bud Cesena agreed, saying he had taken the time to go out to the area to see what he was comfortable with for that area. He had decided that the use needed to stay in single-family development. Commissioner Anita McCall made the motion that the request was not consistent with Lincoln County’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan and to deny it. The motion was passed unanimously.
The remainder of the planning board recommendations, which are listed below, with the exception of that of Erik Distasio and Dean Fisher, were approved unanimously by the commissioners. In both instances, commissioner Bud Cesena voted against approval.
The application of H & A Investors LLC to amend the phasing of a preliminary plat/sketch plan for a five-lot commercial subdivision located on the west side of Highway 16 Business at Webbs Road.
The application of Sabitha and Jiten Sanghvi and Parathazathel Mohanan for preliminary plat/sketch plan approval for a 24-lot residential subdivision with new roads located on the west side of Union Church Road, about 900 feet north of the intersection with Gateway Lane and Arbor Hills Drive.
The application for Amanda Hoyle for a conditional use permit to place a Class C (singlewide) manufactured home in the R-S (Residential Suburban) district on a one-acre parcel of land located at 499 Keystone Lane.
The application of Brandy Hayes for a conditional use permit to build a facility to host weddings and other events in the R-T (Transitional Residential) district on property located on the north side of Highway 73 about 2,200 feet east of Amity Church Road.
The application of Erik Distasio for a conditional use permit to operate a haunted Halloween trail in the R-T (Transitional Residential) district on property located at 2576 Swanson Road, on the west side of Swanson Road.
The application of Dean Fisher to rezone 6.2 acres from R-SF (Residential-Single Family) to CZ B-G (Conditional Zoning General Business) to permit contractors’ offices, retail sales (including sales of boat lifts with outdoor display and storage), and other uses permitted in the B-G district. The proposed site is located at 2996 North Highway 16 Business.
Also at the meeting, the commissioners voted to accept and approve a $50,000 Library Service and Technology Act Grant to be utilized to better service seniors by offering monthly programs that incorporate elements of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics in an effort to battle depression, dementia, immobility and memory loss.
Lincoln County finance director Deanna Rios presented several end-of-the-year budget amendments as well as her monthly financial report. Maggie Dollar, the Lincoln County Health Department director, gave an update on Lincoln County Environmental Health Department’s staffing progress and septic permits issued to date.