04/10/13 — Planning board OKs building queries

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Planning board OKs building queries

By Steve Herring
Published in News on April 10, 2013 1:46 PM

The Wayne County Planing Board Tuesday night approved four minor subdivision plats, but held off on a rezoning request.

The plats are:

* Jockey's Ridge final, owner/developer Arnold Flowers, one lot on Arrington Bridge Road in Indian Springs Township

* William Jackson final, owner/developer William Jackson, one lot on Cricket Ridge Road in Brogden Township

* Clarence Wynn Jr. heirs final, owners/developers Clarence Wynn estate/Lupaze Wynn executor, two lots on Kelly Spring Road in Brogden Township

* Kyle B. and Lauren J. Lancaster final, owners/developers Kyle B. and Lauren J. Lancaster, one lot on Gurley Dairy Road in Buck Swamp Township.

Final approval, at least for the present time, remains with Wayne County commissioners.

That could change following a May 7 public hearing on a proposal to restore authority to the Planning Board and/or the planning director to approve certain minor subdivision plats.

The hearing will be held before county commissioners at 4:15 p.m. in their meeting room on the fourth floor of the county courthouse annex.

The amendment would allow the county planning director to approve certain minor subdivisions of no more than two lots on a secondary road. Other minor plats that require new easements would be approved by the Planning Board.

County Planning Director Connie Price has said he would make monthly reports to the Planning Board on what he signs off on during the previous month.

Larger subdivisions would continue to come before commissioners for approval. However, Price and his staff would review the plats and make recommendations to commissioners.

In other business Tuesday night, the board tabled action on a rezoning request by U.S. Cellular for property on Dollard Town Road.

The company had requested the property be rezoned from Residential-Agriculture-20 to Heavy Industry to allow for construction of a cell phone tower.

However, Planning Board members were concerned abut the property's proximity to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Board members said they needed more information from the company, including alternative locations or existing towers that could be used.

A public hearing before commissioners is required before rezoning can be approved.