Commission approves family care home spacing

Jan. 10, 2013 @ 05:14 PM

Commissioners have taken steps to create half-mile spacing between family care homes.

The board held a public hearing to receive citizens’ comments on a proposal by the city staff and the planning board which would amend the zoning ordinance to require one-half mile between family care homes. No one spoke at the public hearing.

Ån attachment to the agenda showed that one-half mile was the standard in Granville County, Creedmoor, Butner, Bunn and Henderson. A full mile is required in the Franklin County towns of Franklinton and Louisburg.

The board voted to amend the zoning ordinance as recommended, with Commissioner Calvin Harris voting nay, saying he thought one-half mile was too great a distance.

The board held a public hearing to receive citizens’ comments on a proposal by the city staff and the planning board to amend the zoning ordinance to require new subdivisions to install curbs, gutters and sidewalks on both sides of a street except cul-de-sac bulbs. Commissioner Robert Williford questioned how the requirement would be affected by storm water runoff.

In order to allow consideration of that issue, the commissioners returned the proposal to the planning board with the understanding that it would be resubmitted in February.

The board approved a recommendation that each board member sign and reaffirm a commitment to the Code of Ethics for the board of commissioners at the beginning of each calendar year.

The board approved two resolutions:

• The commissioners stated their opposition to legislation that provides for the forced involuntary transfer of a city-owned water system to the control of a municipal sewer system. The matter was raised by consideration by the state to consolidate the Asheville Public Utility Water System with the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County. Although Oxford is part of a regional water authority, the action puts the city on record along with other municipalities in the state.

• The commissioners approved a resolution to support the 2013-2015 funding for the Clean Water Management Trust Fund.

Finance Director Steve McNally reported on financial highlights for December.


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