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20 FRIDAY. AUGUST26 - MONDAY. AUGUST29, 2011 Signs, parking, notification, surveys among concerns By Ron MacArthur ronm With the number of land-use applications on the decline, Sus- sex County officials are turning their attention to updating sec- tions of county code. Planning and zoning commis- sioners and board of adjustment members have completed a list that was presented Aug. 16 to county assistant county attorney Vince Robert- son and planning and zoning Di- rector Lawrence Lank. With council's approval, Roberts0n will come back with proposed corrections and minor maters first, followed by actual updates. Each item addressed must be introduced as an amended ordi- present a parking analysis to show the amount of parking ac- tually needed. Under the current code, a big-box store of 100,000 square feet would be required to provide a minimum of 1,200 spaces. Another issue involves consid- ering a clearer definition of a home occupation to consider up- date the code to avoid unneces- sary burdens imposed on some- one operating an in-home busi- ness. The commission supports the concept that approval for a new lot should require evidence of septic feasibility or a site eval- uation obtained from the Depart- ment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. This would avoid the county approv- ing an unbuildable lot. County code and the actual practice for obtaining informa- tion about neighboring property owners from applicants are in conflict. Regulations require ap- plicants to provide a notarized list of adjacent property owners nance followed by public hear- who should be notified about an ings with votes by planning and upcoming public hearing. zoning commission and county Robertson said county staff council. While some of the proposals has been obtaining this informa- tion for years. Lank said the con- are literally corrections, some cern is that there is no assurance are changes in the way the coun- the information being presented ty conducts its iand-use business, by the applicant is accurate. The For example, current regula- commission agreed and recom- tions require 20 percent more mended an amended ordinance parking spaces for commercial to comply with what the county structures exceeding 75,000 square feet. Commissioners actually does. The commission would like agreed that might be excessive clarifications within the sign or- for most projects. The commis- dinance to address the size of sion would like to see code changed to allow an applicant to " Continued on page 21 Milton don't have children, but I pay be- cause people need it. I need this, and I'd like it." Continued from page 17 While residents were over- whelmingly in favor of the deci-- whether they use the service or sion to go with the largest pack- not. age, some residents were against "The thing I worry about, it. "I don't need it. I won't use it," which of course we have no con- said resident Stephanie Parker. trol over, is the number of people "[Council] is looking at raising a who don't want either one and lot of fees on people all in one are going to have to pay for it year." anyway," saiU Councilwoman Residents may also endure a Deanna Duby. We don t have significant property tax increase any choice on that. The state has if council cannot find ways to handed us that kettle of fish, and trim the proposed budget. Tide- we're stuck with it.". water Environmental Services Resident Tina Thoroughgood has also announced its intentions said the full-service plan, re- to raise wastewater rates by up to ferred to during the meeting as 90 percent. the Cadillac of the available Mayor CliffNewlands said BFI plans, was the way to go. will supply receptacles for each "I know people aren't going to service before the service begins use it, but there are a lot of serv- in mid-September. More details ices that I pay for and do not use, on the services will be available like town and state and county after the Sept. 12 town council taxes for schools," she said. "I meeting. 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