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July 18, 2005: Board of Commissioners work session

By Mike Cross
Posted Saturday, July 23, 2005

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Conditional Zoning: BOC requested Planning Department to review and present process for conditional zoning versus conditional use zoning. Basically this process would require a development to hold a meeting with neighbors before a proposal or application is submitted . The Public Hearing would not require sworn statements and the ex parte communication rules would not apply -- this would allow additional pertinent information to be heard as it goes forth to the Planning Board and/or BOC review. It would apply only where we already have zoning. This process appears more citizen-friendly on the surface -- we'll see what they come back with.

Transfer of Development Rights: BOC requested the Agriculture Advisory Committee to review and present process for Transfer of Development Rights. This program would be voluntary for land owners but would allow a developer to purchase development rights and use them in a different area. For example -- owners of 100 acres RA-5 (good for 20 houses) might purchase rights from 100 acres unzoned farm bringing the number allowed on the RA-5 to between 86 and 100 depending on water and sewer availability. The property from which the development rights are purchased would forever remain farmland or forest. While this seemingly would help prevent sprawl, help maintain rural character of Chatham and provide revenue for land-rich and cash-poor landowners who need financial security without "selling the farm" -- it seems to me that it would negate the reasoning for RA-5 zoning and I can't imagine doing that! But let's wait for the presentation, I may not fully understand this yet myself!

Water Projects: SE and SW water districts are likely to proceed with loan money from USDA Rural Development at 4-1/8% for 40 years -- the lowest ever!

* The Contract for Pea Ridge Rd trunk line should be awarded in August
* The Southern Supreme Fruit Cake plant water line will proceed with the help of a $240,000 EDC grant
* The American Molding sewer line (Sanford to Goldston) will proceed with USDA Rural Development loan funding
* The Silk Hope School water line is on track -- possible USDA funding
Resolution to approve SW district funding approved 5-0
* Resolution to approve SE district funding approved 5-0
* Contract for engineering services with Hobbs-Upchurch approved 5-0

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July 18, 2005: Board of Commissioners work session
Chatham County Commisioner Mike Cross shares his viewpoints with citizens on his weblog.

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