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Land Development Code Approved By Alexander County Commissioners

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners held a public hearing to discuss the draft Land Development Code (LDC) at their regular meeting earlier this week. Planning & Development Director Brian Burgess presented the LDC to the board at Monday’s (May 6) meeting.

Articles of the LDC include general provisions, zoning district regulations, subdivision regulations, adequate public facilities regulations, landscape design standards, general standards, sign regulations, natural resources, nonconformities, decision-making bodies, review processes and procedures, enforcement/violations/appeals, nuisances, legal status, and definitions.

Burgess said the 389-page plan is designed to: (1) provide adequate light and air; (2) prevent the overcrowding of land; (3) avoid undue concentration of the population; (4) lessen congestion on roads; (5) secure safety from fire, panic, and dangers; and (6) facilitate the efficient and adequate provision of transportation, water, sewerage, schools, parks, and other public requirements.

Chairman Josh Lail asked if the plan would limit agricultural uses. Burgess said agriculture is exempt from zoning regulations per state statute. During the public hearing, local citizen Phil Bowman expressed concerns about the LDC and potential growth in Alexander County. He said the county is losing forest lands, while population, traffic, and development are rising.

Commissioners unanimously approved the Land Development Code.

[News release courtesy of Gary Herman, Alexander County Public Information Officer]