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By Derek McKissock
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Commissioners To Look At Land Use Rules Alternatives - Brevard NC


Last updated 11/27/2013 at 8:16am

Transylvania County commissioners will discuss alternatives to a High Impact Land Use Ordinance at 6 p.m., Monday, in the library’s Rogow Room.

County Economic Development Director Mark Burrows and County Planner Chris Hnatin have been working on some options for the commissioners to discuss.

During last week’s county Planning Board meeting, Burrows went over the options.

“One is to do nothing and let the moratorium expire,” Burrows said.

In July, commissioners approved a 12-month moratorium specifically aimed at the proposed biomass plant in Penrose and any other similar business that may want to use municipal solid waste as an energy source.

A second option, Burrows said, is to look at a previous high impact land use ordinance that was considered, but modify it to make it “more business friendly.”

A third option is to enact a countywide open land use zoning, similar to the current Pisgah Forest Zoning Ordinance.

This countywide zoning option would only apply along the main highway corridors, such as U.S. 64 and 276 and N.C. 280 and 215.

Burrows said commissioners on Monday would be given examples showing impacts 500 feet and 1,000 feet either side of the highways.

“It’s simple, relatively speaking, because we already have an example (Pisgah Forest) in place,” he said.

The challenge would be if someone wanted to do something outside those zoned highway corridors, Burrows said.

In May 2010, commissioners approved the county’s first zoning ordinance, which impacted 664 acres in the Pisgah Forest community. The ordinance was enacted in reaction to the City of Brevard making moves to incorporate 700 acres of county land into its extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

The area in Pisgah Forest is zoned either open use or corridor mixed use.

Open use zoning allows existing uses to continue and allows most new ones to be initiated with the exception of hazardous and radioactive waste disposal facilities and adult entertainment businesses.

Some uses, such as industrial operations, incinerators, amusement parks, slaughtering plants and chip mills, would only be allowed by special permit.

Corridor mixed use zoning prohibits the same uses and calls for additional driveway and setback requirements on sites adjacent to the two major highways in Pisgah Forest. Storm water and surface water management principles are also required.

The fourth option for commissioners is countywide zoning.

Burrows said this and the “do nothing” option, however, are “probably not very realistic.”

“I think there are enough people in this community that would not be satisfied with do nothing,” he said. “For many reasons, I don’t think a countywide zoning ordinance is going to be viable.”


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