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File #: 19-3176    Version:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 7/23/2019 In control: Planning
On agenda: 10/21/2019 Final action: 10/21/2019
Title: Vote on a request to approve a Legislative request to consider County-initiated rezonings of 9 selected businesses in the formerly unzoned portion of Chatham County.
Attachments: 1. More information from the Planning Department website, 2. 9 Parcel Rezoning Attachment
TITLE
Vote on a request to approve a Legislative request to consider County-initiated rezonings of 9 selected businesses in the formerly unzoned portion of Chatham County.

ABSTRACT

Action Requested:
Vote on a request to approve a Legislative request to consider County-initiated rezonings of 9 selected businesses in the formerly unzoned portion of Chatham County.

Introduction & Background:
After nearly two years of discussion and study, on August 15th, 2016, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners voted to zone the formerly unzoned portions of the county to R-1 and R-5 residential. The Comprehensive Land Use Plan specifically supports "rezonings for businesses uses or properties made non-conforming by the extension of zoning in 2016." (Land Use Policy #7, Strategy 7.2). Consequently, prior to the adoption of county-wide zoning, the Chatham County Planning Department sent a business listing form to every property owner in the unzoned portion of the county. Nearly 13,000 forms were mailed. The business listing form asked property owners to list any non-residential use of their land, so the Planning Department could properly document any non-conforming uses and prepare for future rezonings. The Planning Department received over 1,000 forms. Approximately 300 forms described non-conforming businesses, while the remaining 700 listed either agricultural uses of the land (which were exempted from zoning regulations via the bona fide farm exemption) or otherwise permitted uses, such as a residence. Aerial images of these 300 businesses were captured, as well, in order to further establish non-conforming status.

Discussion & Analysis:
In addition to mailing and documenting business listing forms, Planning staff compiled tax and fire inspection records to determine if there were any other businesses in the formerly unzoned portions of the county. After combining tax and fire inspection records, along with the business listing forms, staff determined that 524 parcels ...

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