After the withdrawal of a motion to deny the request, the County Commission unanimously approved a rezone to agricultural from an industrial/commercial district, but not before Commissioner Greg Nibert requested that Planning and Zoning Director Marlin Johnson send a strong letter to the applicant that “this is very unusual and (was) not well received.” Commissioner James Duffey was absent from the vote, which took place at the commission’s regular business meeting Thursday.
The rezone request concerns a 65-acre parcel of land, located at the corner of Navajo Road and Wichita Road/State Highway 2, of which 10 acres were rezoned industrial in 2006, with commercial uses added in 2009. The applicant is requesting that five of those acres be rezoned agricultural to create a parcel for a residence, Johnson said.
Only two acres of the 65-acre parcel lie outside of the floodway rendering it difficult to develop.
Commissioner Dick Taylor seconded Nibert’s original motion to deny the request. Nibert indicated that he did not recognize any justification for the rezone. Nibert eventually withdrew his motion, after which the commission voted to approve the request.
Accompanying the rezone approval was a request for a variance to section line setback requirements for the same property. In his application, the property owner said he was requesting the variance “due to the floodway severely limiting the use of my properties.” The variance would allow the applicant to build closer to the road than the 90-foot setback requirement for permanent structures. It permits a 55-foot setback for the residential parcel and a 75-foot setback for the commercial parcel. The commissioners approved the variance request.
In other business, the commission approved a rezone request to commercial from an agricultural district. The change will allow for the development of a Dollar General Store at 125 E. Lupton Road. The site was previously home to the Trading Post. The store is expected to raise the sales tax revenue for the county and create about 12 permanent jobs.
A request for a variance to the 5-acre lot size minimum requirement was submitted for the same property.
The commission ap-proved the request with the stipulation that the applicant must secure a water meter. If unable to secure such a meter, the applicant will be allowed to drill a domestic well with the provision that only one well be allowed to be drilled on the exisiting 6.82-acre parcel. The applicant must be willing to enter into a well-sharing agreement with the property owner of the remaining acreage or an adjacent neighbor when water is needed. A representative for the applicant said that the water demand from a store this size, listed in the application as 9,100 square feet, is less than 200 gallons a day.
At the start of the meeting, commissioners honored Larry Hobson who received the Caring Citizen award for his extensive volunteer work. Sgt. Barry Dixon, of the Chaves County Sheriff’s Department, was awarded the “Extra Mile” plaque, for his efforts toward the Every 15 Minutes program, which aims to combat the dangers associated with driver inattention.