Subdivision regs changing?

Published 7:53 pm Saturday, November 26, 2016


Monday’s monthly Lafayette County Planning Commission meeting is expected to be a lengthy one with several items on the agenda of interest. The commission is expected to meet in the courtroom across from their regular meeting room in the Chancery Building at 5:30 p.m.

While there are the usual subdivisions seeking preliminary site plan approval, it is the discussion of subdivision regulation changes that is expected to be of particular interest.

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The item was added to the agenda following a heated discussion in Monday’s county Board of Supervisors meeting in regard to current subdivision regulations in about water lines.

Supervisor Kevin Frye would like for a county-wide standard water line regulation of using 8-inch pipes because he believes it could potentially lower fire ratings for residents, as well as their insurance cost and increase their protection from house fires. Several current subdivisions don’t even have 6-inch lines, local engineer Jeff Williams of Williams Engineering told the supervisors on Monday and he believes more discussion is needed on the matter before the change takes place.

Frye’s fellow supervisors believe it should be left up to the developer what diameter pipe they use due to the cost involved. They also feel it is an attempt to regulate private water systems in the county.

“We should let you do your job and not have a lawyer slash supervisor tell you how to do your job,” Supervisor Chad McLarty told Williams during Monday’s meeting.

Supervisors also set a public hearing for Dec. 19 at 8 a.m. about and amendment to the water system and sewage process that developers must currently go through.

Also on Monday night’s planning commission agenda is:

•preliminary and final site plan approval for Lafayette County Fire Station No. 17

•preliminary commercial site plan for Taylor Crossing

•preliminary commercial site plan for The Cottages at The Highlands

•variance request for four lots in Tuscan Hills Phase V

•preliminary and final commercial site plan for Stonewater Addiction Recovery Center

•preliminary subdivision plat approval for Pebble Creek subdivision.

Several residents in the area have recently spoken out against the Pebble Creek development over traffic and water concerns.

To view the complete agenda, see page 3 of today’s edition.