County expected to set subdivision hearing date

Published 11:41 am Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A public hearing date will be set next week to amend Warren County’s ordinance on subdivision development, supervisors said Monday.

Supervisors are scheduled to meet formally at 9 a.m. Monday. During that session, the board is expected to come up with a time and place to hear public comments on stronger rules regarding neighborhood development.

A draft version discussed for weeks bans residential lot sales until roads are dedicated for county maintenance. It also specifies developers contact county engineers before work is begun on roads that tie subdivisions together.

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Whether the hearing happens before or after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays went undetermined at Monday’s informal session.

“The longer we wait, there’s more chances of somebody coming in and starting another subdivision or something,” Board President Bill Lauderdale said.

Current regulations, adopted in 2004, call for road and drainage drawings to be presented to the county so roads can be maintained by the Warren County Road Department.

Since Oct. 15, supervisors agreed to cut credit line amounts needed to back warranties on roads in Littlewood and Twin Creeks subdivisions, both off Lee Road, and in Camden Place, off Oak Ridge Road. Amounts reflected the cost of a ½-inch layer of asphalt on driving surfaces of roads in each subdivision. Once secured, the letters of credit will cinch acceptance of roads there for county maintenance.

On Monday, supervisors agreed to wait for a formal improvement plan from David Brewer, developer of The Trace subdivision off Fisher Ferry Road, before it is accepted for public maintenance. Brewer told the board it currently is “financially impossible” to apply asphalt to the entire subdivision. Smaller-scale work to seal cracks in the subdivision’s main drag, Old Trace Drive, could be acceptable, pending a review once it’s submitted, supervisors said.