Public hearing scheduled Monday
A request to begin mental health counseling as a home business on Parham Street could draw some debate at a public hearing scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall.
The Henderson City Council will also decide on more possible changes to city personnel policy. They also plan to put in some work toward a strategy for limited enforcement of zoning rules in neighborhoods just outside city limits.
Some neighbors told city planners at a hearing earlier this month they disagreed with Frances Finamore’s requests that would allow her to begin in-home mental health counseling at 710 Parham Street.
Problems with Finamore’s plan, according to Burwell Avenue neighbors Rosa Griffin, Norman Walker and Rebecca Ann Boyd, included more traffic coming to the area of the intersection with Parham Street, and houses too close together for a home business to take place without some disruption.
The specific request is to rezone Finamore’s property and 525 Burwell Avenue to a high-density residential designation from low-density. The request comes from planning office staff as a matter of administrative correction.
Ken Roll and Phil Hanny of Burwell Avenue spoke in favor of making the zoning change, which in turn would place Finamore’s property in a zone designation that allows home businesses to take place.
Roll and Hanny said the mental health counseling would be a benefit to the neighborhood, and not detrimental in any way that they could see.
Members of the city planning board voted 7-0 to approve the zoning designation change, citing the city staff recommendation as correct for the properties because they are contiguous to other high-density residential properties.
If the city council members vote in favor of the new zoning designation, Finamore would additionally have to obtain a special use permit from the Henderson Zoning Board of Adjustments in order to start her home occupation.
• New city personnel policy changes that follow on the heels of restrictions to part-time and temporary employee hours include recommended amendments to overtime pay and compensatory time policies because of outdated references that do not match current business practices, according to a report by Ray Griffin, the city manager.
• City leaders sought input from Vance County on joint efforts to apply zoning rules in areas near the city that are part of the extraterritorial jurisdiction, or ETJ, proposing to supply administrative support if the county could pay for recommended demolitions, landscaping and other work.
Vance County Manager Jerry Ayscue responded by stating the county had not budgeted for any work.
Ayscue recommended a cooperative funding effort for fiscal year 2015. Griffin said the need for code enforcement in the ETJ is well established because of known blighted structures, but the problem has been a lack of resources available to allocate for a response.
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