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City and county continue work on changes to subdivision ordinance
Tuesday, July 8, 2008 by Kimberly Reeves
The City of
Right now, the critical water quality zone is inside the
“Essentially, the way that the Critical Water Quality Zone is measured currently out on the
The city said the new measurement method would preserve more of the physical and ecological integrity of the river which, in turn, preserves the recreational and economic values along the river. At the bottom line, the new measure will both protect water quality and river bank integrity, priorities for the county’s water quality ordinance.
“They also state a benefit of it being a preservation of the riparian habitat, conducive to maintaining the historic character and having potential recreation and trail opportunities along the river,” said Bolin, adding, “There are a couple of things that we’re looking at.”
TNR and county commissioners have some concerns, including the impact such changes would have on existing sand and gravel operations. (Those will be grandfathered.) And the new buffer zone could affect those in the existing 100-year floodplain. (It appears 91 percent of those in the expanded buffer area are still in the 100-year floodplain.) A variance process will be put in place for property owners who believe the ordinance places an undue burden on them.
“There is a possibility of there being an adverse impact on the county if we were to build new parks along the
Executive Manager Joe Gieselman noted the county already had been working with agencies up and down the
“For instance, one crossing we’re considering right now is State Highway 130,” Gielseman said. “We would envision, at some point, having a boat ramp down to the
Commissioners were concerned about the potential impact on owners along the river. Commissioner Ron Davis noted the recent sale of particular properties in the area in lieu of cleaning them up.
“I think they were basically looking at some of the uses for canoe rides and stuff for children, things of that nature,”
A second proposal, put forward by
“It’s a very compartmentalized tally – it might say commercial or industrial – but it doesn’t give you information as to what use is going to be on the property,” Bolin said. “What we are proposing is that the city adopt the same public notification requirements in the ETJ as they have in the City of
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