Subdivisions move forward at special planning meeting 


By Tabitha Evans Moore, EDITOR & PUBLISHER

LOCAL NEWS | Two Moore County subdivisions — one on Tanyard Hill and a second on New Herman Road — moved forward last Thursday at a special-called Metro Planning Commission meeting. Chair Dexter Golden called the meeting following confusion over subdivision building lot sizes during and after the January meeting.

Golden, and members Jeff Ross, Jimmy Hammond, Robert Carroll, and Angelica Lightfoot were present at the meeting. Scott Fruehauf and Jim Crawford were absent. 

At issue was whether or not subdivisions were required to have one-acre or two-acre lots. The answer was, it depends. 

Commission unanimously approves New Herman project

Standard single dwelling home sites in Moore County require just one acre of land. A primary reading of Metro’s subdivision rules revealed that subdivisions required two acres. After further research and an on site visit by Metro Planning Commission members, they determined that two-acre lots were only necessary on subdivision lots with an excess of a 15 percent grade. 

Therefore, the Commission voted unanimously to approve the final plans for the New Herman Road site present by regional developer Lisa Ford. Jimmy Hammond made that motion and Jeff Ross seconded it. Miss Ford may now purchase building permits and move forward with her project. 

Tanyard subdivision must resubmit in February

The Tanyard Hill subdivision developer, Joe Denby, must make changes and resubmit his final plans at the February meeting. 

Commission members asked for three specific changes. One, Denby must increase the size of three lots due to their being on land with a steep grade. Second, Chair Golden asked that Denby add the house placements on his drawings. Lastly, Highway Superintendent Shannon Cauble asked to see culvert placements and a plan to address driveway drainage. Cauble will also meet Denby onsite to approve culvert placements. 

Robert Caroll made the motion to approve Denby’s preliminary drawing and Jeff Ross seconded. It passed unanimously. He will now need to submit a final plan at February’s meeting. 

The next Metro Planning Commission meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 13 at 4:30 p.m. at the County Building. All Metro meetings are open to the public and any concerning citizen may address the Commission on any agenda item during the public comment period. To have an item added to the agenda, contact Metro Codes Enforcer Christine Pyrdom at 931-759-7068.• 

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