BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
The Greene County Planning Commission approved the redivision of two subdivisions during Tuesday's meeting at the Greene County Courthouse Annex.
Based on the recommendation of County Planner Amy Tweed and First Tennessee Development District Planning Director Glenn Rosenoff, the commission approved the following redivisions:
* The River Bend Village property, on River Village Lane, for the subdivision of two lots totaling 4.54 acres that were zoned A-1, general agriculture.
* The Gray Farm, David Wallack property, on West Allens Bridge Road, subject to Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) signatures, for the subdivision of one lot through the combination of six lots totaling 5.08 acres that were zoned A-1, general agriculture.
The commission also gave another review to options provided by Tweed and Rosenoff in the format of a resolution to address a policy change from TDEC.
Tweed and Rosenoff have explained that TDEC now requires that subdivided properties show that newly-formed lots have the necessary space for a secondary septic system, should one fail.
Previously, when subdivision occurred that included a lot with a current septic system in place, the county accepted a Certificate of Verification (COV) from the property owner.
However, this form of septic tank verification is no longer sufficient to achieve the necessary approval from TDEC on plats, Tweed had reported.
Rosenoff presented the proposed amendment to the county's subdivision regulations, which included the following options:
* Option 1: "TDEC can evaluate the lot by having a soil map prepared showing adequate duplicate area, the plat must show the location of the existing septic system, and an inspection letter must be applied for, an inspection performed and the results attached to the plat."
* Option 2: "TDEC can evaluate a different area on the lot not associated with the existing system by having a soil map prepared that shows enough suitable soil area to support a new septic system including an initial and duplicate soil area."
* Option 3: This option requires the property owner to sign a form, that must be approved by the commission, verifying that the lot(s) "each contain a separate working septic system, and that all field lines and duplicate area(s) associated with each system are contained entirely within each lot(s) as described as part of the plan of subdivision. I (we) further certify that the Certificate of Completion of Subsurface Sewage Disposal System from [TDEC] is for the aforementioned lot(s) and system(s)."
The commission voted to hold a public hearing and make a final approval of these three options during their January meeting.
In other business, the commission approved the November report from the Building & Zoning Office and reviewed minor subdivisions previously approved by staff.