BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
The Greene County Planning Commission will consider amending their zoning and subdivision regulations after the strict standards left them no leeway to approve a redivision request on Tuesday.
Neighbors in the Willow Springs subdivision on Choctaw Road sought to take 0.014 of an acre from the David and Norma Rader property and add it to the adjoining Jack and Linda Beals property.
A representative from Chandler Surveying explained that the boundary line between the two properties had not been clear and a flower garden on the Beals' property accidentally extended onto the Rader property.
The property-owners sought to correct the issue by adding the small portion to the Beals' property.
The commissioners expressed no objection to the action, but were stopped short by regulations requiring lots to be at least a half-acre in size.
The properties are both grandfathered in at 0.464 acre, because they existed prior to the regulations. Any redivision would fall under current regulations requiring a minimum half-acre lot, according to County Planner Amy Tweed.
"We have turned everybody down in the past," Tweed said. "We need to stay consistent when granting a variance."
She recommended, however, that the planning commission consider amending the regulations to allow some leniency in certain situations such as these. Those that have been denied in the past could come back before the commission, she said.
"I know both of these fellows, and I would like to do what is right by them," Commissioner John Carter said.
Alford Taylor agreed, saying that he has objected to such stringency in the regulations in the past.
"It is not their fault that we've changed the guidelines," he said. "That's ridiculous. There's exceptions to everything."
Commissioner Margaret Greenway also agreed, saying that the planning commission is supposed to be there as a service to the people.
The commission voted to deny the redivision request in order to be faithful to the regulations and to the commission's past practice in such cases, but asked that Tweed present options for amending their regulations at the December meeting.
Taylor and Carter voted against denying the redivision request.
In other business, the commission unanimously approved the following subdivisions:
* the Robert H. Jeffries subdivision on Jeffries Lane, to increase lot sizes with adjoining acreage;
* the George Fann subdivision on Piney Grove Road, to obtain adjoining property in order to increase road frontage for the addition of a future structure;
* the Barbara Weems subdivision on Weems Road, to divide a 2.85-acre section from a 48.86-acre property; and,
* the Alan and Catherine Shelton property on Bill Jones Road to redivide two of three lots totaling 2.53 acres.
Other items of business included approval of the October report from the Building & Zoning Office, which indicated a significant increase in the number of building permits obtained for the month.
There were 62 building permits granted in October for a total of $9,620. September featured only 39 such permits totaling $7,735.
In October of 2012, there were 27 building permits granted for a total of $5,270.
The commission also approved the Greene County Work Program for 2013-2014.
Finally, the planning commission welcomed First Tennessee Development District Planner Rene Mann, who joined the local planning staff after former director Glenn Rosenoff left the development district.