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By Joy Warren

During the rescheduled September Elizabethtown Town Council meeting Tuesday evening, a public hearing was held regarding the Zoning Ordinance Rewrite and Zoning Map Update.  Planning Director Billie Hall and Dale Holland, planning consultant presented the information to the Council.  Mrs Hall explained the goals identified by the Council in the beginning of the process were

1) to review and revise land use guidelines to be clear, consistent, user-friendly, more enforceable, and in compliance with NC General Statutes and the Town’s existing land use plan;

2) to streamline the development review and permitting process; and

3) to improve the appearance of the Town through code enforcement and community projects. 

Mr. Holland gave a brief overview of the rewrite process.  The committee met over a 2 year period and the final product included the following major revisions:  reformatted; inclusion of a table of uses and activities; revised sign regulations; updated definitions, updated for consistency with NCGS; revised/simplified parking standards; addition of graphics, revised quasi-judicial procedures; minor/major site plans for building, land disturbance, multi-family, parking lot expansion; building facade design; and updated landscape requirements  The Council will vote on the plan at their October meeting.

Two resolutions were presented and approved which included disposal of surplus property at the Police Department and amendments to the Records Retention Schedule.

In administrative matters, Council approved a construction bid for phase II Utility Burial project to Directional Services, INC for $799, 864; amended contract with NC Department of Corrections for inmate labor; approved the monthly financial report as well as budget amendments and Airport Terminal change order.