Thursday, December 9, 2010
Zoning hears several requests
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County zoning board approved a mining permit that owners say will be used to borrow dirt to build I-269 near their property on Wingo Road.
The property is near the Chickasaw Trails Industrial Park, but not in it.
Zoning commissioners approved the 16-acre site which can be mined to a depth of 35 feet. John Porter said he does not plan to sell dirt to industrial users unless they ask for it.
Bill Mobley, executive director of the Industrial Development Authority, told the owner he would have to come before the board of supervisors and put up a bond if he hauls any dirt over county roads. The borrow pit is adjacent to the trajectory of I-269 and no dirt would have to be hauled over roads, the owner said.
The zoning board voted unanimously to deny a permit for a mobile home on a property on Duram Road by exception. The property is zoned Residential Estates. The owner discussed elevation requirements and building specifications.
The zoning board also acted on the following requests:
• discussed excessive signage with Charles Stevens, who operates a palm reading business at 249 Valley View Road. The signs are on the back of the lot and face Highway 78 in order to draw attention to the business. The board approved an open sign and two others and asked Stevens to remove two signs.
• allowed Kenneth Kelly to keep a camp/club house he built for his children to play in on the back of 20.5 acres of land zoned agricultural at 1395 Beale Road. Built as a tree house, it has no utilities. Lee Roy Holmes had complained about the house which he said was too close on one corner to the property line.
“I pay taxes and have to buy a permit, and Kelly ought to go by the regulations,” said Holmes, who has purchased 125 acres for hunting adjacent to Kelly’s property.
Kelly said he did not know he needed a permit to build a tree house for his kids, located nearly a mile back from the road. The board voted unanimously to let Kelly keep his tree house but required he buy a building permit after the fact.
• held an audience with Dorothy Todd, who wants to operate a take-out restaurant on her property at the corner of Cayce Road and Mt. Zion Road. The board said a special exception would be required and neighbors would have an opportunity for input.
• approved a motion for a special exception to operate a wrecker service and to store vehicles on a 10-acre property on Coke Road. Zoning will send letters to neighbors to determine if they approve or object.
• discouraged a group of homeowners located on Potts Camp Road who wanted to rezone their properties from agricultural to residential-2. The group did not want a neighbor to start a home business requiring dairy cows in the area.
“In the long run, I think you all will be sorry for this,” said Conway Moore, zoning administrator.
She indicated the restrictions of R-2 might not be wanted by the homeowners in the future.
Zoning board director Flick Ash agreed.
“You can do everything but restrict cattle,” he said.
• approved a request by Allen Moore to move his mobile home from its present location to the back of his mother’s lot on French Road on a less than an acre lot he owns. The area is zoned agricultural-residential. The board agreed, subject to installation of a septic tank.
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