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County will eye request for plat approval

By Steve Herring
Published in News on April 5, 2010 1:46 PM

A subdivision plat recommended by the Wayne County Planning Board last month will go before county commissioners when they meet Tuesday morning.

The plat had been on the Planning Board's regular March agenda. However, not enough board members were able to attend and the meeting was canceled since there was no quorum.

Developers of the two-lot family plat, Steve and Robin Lancaster, asked the Planning Board to consider the project during a special session so that commissioners could act on it at their next meeting. The Lancasters said they needed the quick action in order for one of their daughters to meet an April deadline to qualify for a first-time homebuyer's tax credit.

Changes last year in the county's subdivision ordinance gave final approval of all plats to commissioners.

Tuesday's meeting gets under way with a briefing on the agenda at 8 a.m. followed by the board meeting at 9 a.m. in the commissioners' meeting room on the fourth floor of the county courthouse annex.

The family subdivision is located on True Vine Road, just off of U.S. 13 north of Goldsboro.

The plat was recommended for approval by the Planning Board along with the family's request for a variance on the 100-foot road frontage required by county ordinance. The frontage for the lots is about 95 feet each.

In a second planning matter, commissioners are expected to schedule a public hearing on a rezoning request by officials of Young's Auto Salvage. Company officials want the county to rezone just under 12 acres on the west side of U.S. 117 Alternate from Residential-Agriculture-20 to Heavy Industry to allow for expansion at the Dudley business.

The hearing could be set for May 4 at 9:15 a.m. in the commissioners' meeting room.

Commissioners also will meet as the Board of Adjustments to hear an appeal from Jonathan and Gwen Moore concerning their property on Gator Drive. The Moores have asked for the setback variance in order to build a detached garage on their property. Currently, the plat requires that buildings be at least 25 feet from the property line. The Moores are asking that the distance be reduced to 10 feet.

In other business:

* Commissioners will be asked to award bids for asbestos abatement and for demolition for two house in the county's 2008 Community Development Block Grant scattered-site housing grant.

The bids are for property owned by Ernestine L. Wells in Mount Olive and Dorothy S. Best in Pikeville. Both Ms. Wells and Ms. Best will be eligible for replacement housing valued at up to $84,500 that will be paid for through the grant.

* Several proclamations will be considered by commissioners: National Gardening Month, Month of the Military Child, National County Government Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month.

* Wayne County Clerk of Superior Court Pam Minshew will make a presentation on the workings of her department. It will be the latest in a series of departmental reports as work continues on the county budget.

* The board will consider a recommendation from Tax Administrator David Ward to schedule dates for the Board of Equalization and Review. Ward has suggested convening at 8 a.m. on April 20 and adjourning on May 4 at 8 a.m.