Director of Planning and Land Use Jeff Watkins brought the changes for the Conservation Design Community zoning ordinance to the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners.
The ordinance provides flexibility in preserving green space within a master planned residential development by allowing developers to incorporate smaller lots in exchange for designated common green space.
Watkins proposed the commissioners approve an overall 35-foot front setback; eliminate a portion of the ordinance that says cropland and pastures of five acres or more should have 75-foot setback; and consider a 50-foot buffer, instead of the adjustable buffers coinciding with the adjustable lot sizes.
Commissioner Harry Johnston noted he was not in favor of the overall 50-foot buffer and instead recommended the sliding scale table remain in the ordinance, but it be based on the average lot size.
“The sliding scale table would be applied based on the average lot size for the Conservation Design Community, as opposed to each individual lot size. This will allow more consistent buffers all the way around while respecting the idea that smaller lots against larger, adjacent lots should result in larger buffers,” Johnston said.
Commissioner Jason Nelms recommended not to eliminate the words “cropland or pasture land” from the setback requirements.
“While maybe it’s somewhat of a moot point since the 75-foot requirement applies whether its cropland or not, I think it would still be worth noting in the ordinance,” Nelms said.
Commissioner Ray Gunnin asked Watkins to leave the section pertaining to house sites alone. Watkins suggested house sites should be located no closer than 75 feet from Primary Conservation areas and 25 feet from Secondary Conservation areas. The ordinance currently states no closer than 100 feet from Primary and 50 feet from Secondary.
The commissioners approved the Conservation Design Community zoning ordinance changes with the three recommendations unanimously.
In other business, the county:
•Approved annual stone purchases from both Vulcan Materials and Bluegrass Materials for the roads and bridges department;
•Approved Department of Human Services annual contract for funding in the amount of $273,738 to support the county’s Rural Transportation Program;
•Approved to implement an Auto Vehicle Location and Mobile Data Tablet Management System for the Rural Transportation Program’s fixed bus route in the amount of $53,080. County Manager Jerry Cooper said 80 percent of the amount will be paid for by federal funding;
•Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office to purchase 16 new vehicles in the amount of $375,856 from Akins Dodge;
•Approved National Center for State Courts to perform a workflow/space needs assessment for future planning in amount of $80,000;
•Approved a grant for the Functional Family Therapy for the juvenile court;
•Approved Cooper to sign and issue additions to the current Ricoh Professional Services agreement for copiers contract approved in November 2013 in the amount of $96,277;
•Approved S2K Consulting Inc. to perform a telephone bill audit in the amount not to exceed 35 percent of the realized savings;
•Approved sale and purchase agreement with CASA for Children Inc. for property located at 1083 Marietta Highway in Canton;
•Approved an agreement with Unum to update rates for life, AD&D, short term disability and long term disability as recommended by the Benefits Committee for a savings of $185,156 annually;
•Approved Admin America as the new provider for the flexible spending as recommended by the Benefits Committee for a cost savings of $0.25 per participant per month; and
•Approved renewal of the county’s group medical plan with Blue Cross Blue Shield with employee premiums unchanged through 2014-15.