Rural Center STEP Planning Grant:
Currently working with NCDOT and Duke Power to place hanging baskets throughout the Town. This will be the final project for which funds from the STEP Planning Grant will be used. All expenditures must be made by June 30,2013 to qualify for reimbursement.
North Carolina Association of Zoning Officials:
Notified on April 29, 2013 that I had passed the Zoning Official Certification Examination. This examination followed a 1 week introduction to zoning course in October 2012 and the Zoning Officials Certification Course itself: April 2-5, April 22-24, 2013. Each of the aforementioned courses were held at the UNC School of Government in Chapel Hill. Following the passage of this examination I am now a North Carolina Certified Zoning Official.
Town Planning Board/BOA:
Planning Board met on April 16, 2013. At this meeting the Planning Board recommended approval to the Board of Aldermen concerning a proposed text amendment to the UDO. Said amendment would place all Hospice facilities having six bedrooms or less into the R-1SU zoning district. Currently, in the UDO all hospice facilities are included within the definition of Assisted Living Facilities, which are expressly permitted in the C-2 district. The recommended change however, is contingent upon feedback from the School of Government which has verbally stated Hospice Homes with six beds or less must be permitted by right in all residential zoning classifications, per North Carolina General Statute and the Federal Fair Housing Act.
County Planning Board:
Macon County Planning Board met on April 18, 2013. At this meeting the board discussed the proposed change to the Floodplain Ordinance, which would allow fill to be placed in the floodplain. No vote was taken at this meeting, as many members were not present at the time the vote was called. The board decided to call a special meeting in the near future, where a vote will be taken on this item.
Ordinance Review Committee:
The Ordinance review Committee did not meet for the month of April.
Land Development Permits: 6 land development permit issued.
Sign Permits: 5 sign permits issued.
Minimum Housing Code
Junk Car Ordinance: Enforcement carried out in conjunction with Notice of Violation issued for the properties located at 441 and 415 Forest Avenue. 11 Junked vehicles and 10 Nuisance vehicles were removed from property. This could not have been accomplished without the cooperation of Chief David Adams and the Franklin Police Department