County sets public hearings on fences, high-density zoning

The Lincoln County Commission has called for two public hearings to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 18, on proposed amendments to its zoning resolution, one aimed at preventing visual obstruction by fences and walls and another aimed at adding R-3 high-density zoning.

The hearings will be held in the circuit courtroom at the Lincoln County Courthouse just prior to the commission’s regular February session.

According to the provisions, fences and walls would continue to be permitted in any residential district provided a number of standards are met. While fences or walls may be erected on property lines, they can’t be located any closer than 12 feet from the edge of the roadway or create a visual obstruction under the proposed amendment. Fences or walls in front yards of residential lots would be limited to a maximum height of four feet if chain link or made of any other material that is 75-percent unobstructed; otherwise, three feet. Access to any easements would also have to be provided. Additionally, barbed wire fencing would not be permitted in any residential district, excluding agricultural properties.

In addition, planners proposed the establishment of an alternative zoning district, which would allow for denser lots. The proposal would see the new high-density residential zoning district referred to as R-3. R-3 districts shall have access to public water and public sewer, a 60-foot minimum lot width, minimum front setback of 30 feet, minimum rear setback of 25 feet, minimum side setback of five feet per side, a minimum of two parking spaces per dwelling, a 35-foot or three-story maximum height, 30-percent maximum lot density. Permitted uses would include single family dwellings and manufactured homes, with churches as a permitted use by special exception.

Both proposed amendments are available for review in the county’s Planning and Zoning Department at 106 College St. W. in Fayetteville or by calling the office at 931-438-5186 or emailing


Other business

Seven employees in the Lincoln County Finance Department were recognized for having earned their certification as county finance officers from the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury after completing extensive coursework. Maintaining the designation will also require continuing education each year. Finance Director Cole Bradford is already a certified public accountant.

Bill Jolley, senior vice president of the Tennessee Hospital Association, spoke to the commission about the state of healthcare in the state. Jolley’s presentation focused on the importance of having a hospital in the community here, the challenges it faces, and strategies that must be explored for rural hospitals to remain relevant and thrive.

A discussion concerning a request to members of the Utility Committee for written reports on anything they had reviewed was met with extensive discussion and a motion to make the request formal; however, that motion failed in a vote of 13 opposed and nine in favor.

Commissioners approved the expense of $550 for training for members of the legislative body on planning and zoning. That training was conducted Saturday, Feb. 1.

Rex Dunn was appointed to Lincoln County Board of Education, succeeding Susan Cowley Massey who recently resigned. In somewhat related business, it was noted that Carla Buchanan also resigned her seat on school board. Action in regard to her successor will be considered during the commission’s February meeting.

The commission voted to award a three-year contract with options to Correct Commissary and Supplies for jail commissary and inmate banking services, and to award another three-year contract with options to IC Solutions, subject to a legal review of terms, for an inmate phone system and video visitation.

The donation of property to the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum was also approved, and the commission adopted its calendar for upcoming fiscal year 2020-2021 budget hearings.

Several amendments were also approved for the general purpose school fund, cafeteria fund budget, and extended school program fund budget.

Commissioners Darren Walker and Stephanie Britt were re-elected to the county’s Parks and Recreation Committee, to which Commissioner Glen Douglas was elected after Chris Thornton declined to serve another term.

John Bayless was elected to the Ardmore, Giles, Lincoln Industrial Development Board, succeeding his father, the late Raybon Bayless.

Audra Bradford was elected to the board of directors of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Public Library, replacing Trina Quick who resigned.

The commission’s May meeting was changed to May 26 due to a conflict with the Tennessee County Services Association’s post-legislative conference.

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