Mid-county rezoning has some residents upset

Tue, 04/10/2007 - 4:28pm
By: John Thompson

Should a large parcel of land in the center of the county be rezoned for one-acre lots?

That’s the weighty proposition the Fayette County Commission will decide tomorrow night when Dan Stinchcomb and Randy Boyd ask for 213 acres on Ebenezer Church Road and Davis Road to be rezoned from Agricultural-Residential and R-40 to R-50.

Nearly 207 acres of the property is zoned A-R, which requires a minimum five-acre lot size. The remaining six acres are zoned R-40, which is a one-acre minimum, but county commission Executive Assistant Carol Chandler explained the discrepancy.

“Years ago, Dan Stinchcomb bought about 800 acres, and that one remaining one-acre tract was attached to another development he did,” Chandler said.

Just over two years ago, the County Commission denied another rezoning request for the property.

In 2005, Boyd told commissioners plans for the development would include a recreation area, an amenities package with a pool, tennis courts and lake access along with 182 lots for single-family housing. Boyd said development would begin on the north portion of the property and work southward. Lots in the development would likely carry a price of $100,000, he said.

“This property has continued to sit for five years and it’s at the point now where it’s time to start developing it,” said Boyd at the time. “We think this would be a nice subdivision.”

Now, the property is back for another vote and was originally scheduled to be heard March 22. But at that meeting, Boyd told the County Commission that the plat had been revised and he would like it tabled until the Planning Commission could weigh in on the proposal. The original proposal called for 106 lots, but Boyd said the developer reduced the number of lots to 92.

At last week’s Planning Commission meeting, the group recommended R-80 conditional, which calls for a minimum three-acre lot size, but the county’s staff is still recommending denial.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the county complex on Stonewall Avenue.

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