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03.27.07 -- REPORT: Public hearing to proceed as planned

By CHER PHILLIPS

Council President Frank Ciotti sent the Mirror and e-mail this morning saying the April 12 Public Hearing to consider rezoning land belonging to two town officials will go on as planned.

"Scott has no concerns with the process we are following and feels that we are proceeding as per the Town Charter," Ciotti wrote.

At the urging of the town clerk, Ciotti scheduled a public hearing for rezoning without including the official consent of the council.

Given that several matters involving the rezone have never been established by council vote, residents expressed concerns about this public hearing moving forward before the council, as a whole, could meet on it.

One of these issues concerns who is paying for what fees in the rezoning process. The McIntosh Land Development Code says that fees, which may be determined by the council, have to paid in full before a rezoning process can be heard by the LPA.

The council never met to make decisions about what fee two elected officials, Council Vice President Howard Walkup and Mayor Marsha Strange, should pay for rezoning their land, or if the town should foot the bill. Instead, the council voted to table the issue until a special meeting. While the matter was tabled, the two officials seeking the rezone advanced their petition.

The rezone issue will reach two public hearings before the council meets to consider the details the town's codes say should have determined before the first public hearing.

During the first public hearing, when the owners of the bordering property asked if they could be included in the rezoning process, they were told by LPA Chairwoman Charlsie Stott they would have to start at the beginning.

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The LPA will hold a public hearing tonight at 7 p.m. to consider repealing Historic Ordinance 151, approving recommendation of a new tree ordinance and an ordinance regarding the removal of citizen board members.

posted by Cher @ 8:56 AM,

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