With no fee structure in place to accommodate costs related to obtaining permits for such things as the subdivision of properties, review of cell tower plans and the development of parking lots, the Lincoln County Planning Commission is proposing the adoption of a schedule of fees.

Planners gave their vote of approval to the proposed fee schedule during their December meeting, and now, the proposal will be the focus of a public hearing to be held at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in the circuit courtroom of the Lincoln County Courthouse. Following that hearing, the Lincoln County Commission is expected to consider taking action on the schedule’s implementation.

If approved, the action would see costs shifted from the county’s general fund to the applicants seeking the permits, said Nancy Harris, director of planning and zoning for the county, noting that since most surveyors work four to six weeks behind, she is requesting an effective date for the fees of April 1.

The proposed permit fees would include the following: preliminary plats for major subdivisions, consisting of five or more lots, and final plats, $200; minor plats, $100; renewal of expired plats, $150; parking lots, cell towers, construction plats and all other site plans, $150; and requests to amend text, $200.

A complete copy of the proposed permit fee schedule is available to review at the county’s planning and zoning office at 106 College Street West and at the county mayor’s office in the Lincoln County Courthouse.


Prospect Road subdivision

Rezoning to accommodate a proposed 15-lot subdivision on Prospect Road, between Harbin Road and Pioneer Drive, will also be the focus of a public hearing at 5 p.m. on Jan. 15.

Successus, LLC, also known as Hyde Homes, is requesting that 23 acres be rezoned from A-1 (agriculture, forestry, rural) to A-2 (subdivision residential).

Following the public hearing, the LC Commission is expected to vote on the rezoning request.


Building, utility codes

The adoption of the 2018 International Building Code editions is also the focus of the 5 p.m. Jan. 15 public hearing. The action would take the county another step further as it prepares to hire its own building inspector.

The International Building Code sets standards for buildings, utilities, energy conservation, and property maintenance.

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