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Chickens to Churches, Planning Matters at Boone Council PDF Print
Written by Gary Childers   
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 09:54

All things great and small, from the number of chickens a resident can possess to how large a church can be, are recommendations Boone’s Planning Commission are working on and what Town Council will rule on by the end of this year. In last night’s Council meeting Jane Shook and Bill Bailey, from the Town’s department of Planning and Inspections and Greg Simmons, chair of the Planning Commission, provided a brief update of their progress on the Table of Permitted Uses and made a request for approval of a smaller group to expedite the work. During their presentation it was explained that the volume of work they have to do, and the details they have to consider, [especially with the newer tables governing temporary and accessory use] make it a lengthy process. Planning and Inspections director Bailey gave examples of some items that were under consideration and the time it takes to come forward with good recommendations. The examples referenced were; micro brewery guidelines, possible size limits for churches, guidelines for itinerant merchants, and, yes, the number of chickens a person can own.  Due to the complexity of this process it will be difficult for them to have their recommendations to the Town Council by the end of the year which lead to their request for Council to approve a smaller add hoc committee to expedite the work. They proposed this group be made up of four volunteers from the Planning Commission who can meet weekly and bring their recommendations to the full Commission for consideration during their regular monthly meeting. The mayor and several Council members recognized the importance of this work and the need to get it right with Planning and Inspections Director Bailey saying it is the “axle that everything revolves around”. Council member Leigh highlighted the importance of the Council and Planning Commission sharing the same vision and expressed her need, which was echoed by the other council members, for a chance to regroup with the Planning Commission before going much further. Mayor Pro-Tem Mason made a motion to approve the small group for expediting the work and to schedule a joint session with the Planning Commission at their next meeting, October 10, 7:00 pm. The motion carried unanimously.

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