Wednesday, January 03, 2007

In the zoning zone

Buncombe County commissioners on Tuesday said they're ready to being the process of putting zoning regulations in place in our fair county, which is being developed faster than ever. Now it's time for you residents to speak up. Here's what you need to know, from a county news release:

Commissioners Begin Zoning Process

Buncombe County Commissioners have begun the process of implementing open use zoning in all areas of the county and modified zoning standards in the Metropolitan Sewerage District Primary Service Area.

Before any zoning ordinance is approved, every citizen will be contacted by mail and notified of their zoning designation and of the seven public meetings that have been set up in area middle schools. Citizens are urged to attend one of these meetings to learn more about zoning in their area.

Monday, January 22 Valley Springs Middle School

Tuesday, January 23 Owen Middle School

Thursday, January 25 Enka Middle School

Monday, January 29 Reynolds Middle School

Tuesday, January 30 Cane Creek Middle School

Thursday, February 1 North Buncombe Middle School

Monday, February 5 Erwin Middle School.

The Commissioners have directed staff to put together a plan to implement "open use zoning" in the remaining areas of the County outside MSD and municipal boundaries where there is no existing zoning plan. Open use zoning would give land owners the same rights they currently have but would begin regulating eleven special uses that would require additional approval. These uses include incinerators, concrete plants, asphalt plants, amusement parks, shooting ranges, etc.

Maps outlining the area that will be impacted by the zoning standards are available for public inspection in the County Planning Department at 46 Valley Street in downtown Asheville.

For more information contact County Planning at 250-4830.

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