City planners

Mayor Michael Whisenant presents Lindsey Galyen with a plaque honoring his 12 years of dedicated service to the Fayetteville Regional Planning Commission and the citizens of Fayetteville. Looking on is Rovena Wade, who serves as chairman of the commission.

The Fayetteville Regional Planning Commission honored one of its key members, Lindsey Galyen, during its meeting last week as the longtime planner stepped down after 12 years of service.

“Lindsey, I’ve made the statement before that no one is irreplaceable, but I’m beginning to doubt that,” said Rovena Wade, commission chairman. “I’m really going to miss you and all that you have added to this planning commission.”

Galyen, who served as commission secretary, submitted his letter of resignation to Mayor Michael Whisenant early last week. He had served on the municipal planning commission since January of 2007, and his term would have extended into August of 2021.

“It has been my honor to participate in this capacity as I hold the responsibilities of the commission in high regard,” Galyen wrote in the letter. “However, the time has come that I can no longer commit the time and effort required.

“Fortunately, my colleagues on this commission are dedicated to upholding the principles of organized, planned, and sustainable growth of this community,” he continued. “I will sincerely miss working with them, as I will all the supporting members of our city government.”

“We reluctantly take this and thank you for your years of service,” said Whisenant. “I know Lindsey has put a lot of effort into this every day, going out and visiting sites with planning staff, and always doing the due diligence needed.”

“Lindsey has been an asset that I couldn’t have functioned without,” added Wade.


Tiny houses

With interest growing locally in tiny houses, the city planning commission asked staff to move the development of zoning laws and building codes higher up on its list of priorities for the coming year during its regular November meeting last week.

The City of Fayetteville has already begun receiving inquiries from persons interested in building and/or locating tiny houses within the city, said Wade. Generally, tiny houses are those homes ranging in size from 100 to 400 square feet.

The Lincoln County Planning Commission approved an amendment to its zoning resolution in October, allowing for tiny homes in rural areas of the county zoned A-1 (agriculture, forestry, rural residential).

In actionable business, city planners gave their approval to a minor plat subdivision of property requested by Robert E. Haston.

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