County planners approve new comprehensive plan
by CHRISTY ARMSTRONG Banner Staff Writer
Feb 12, 2014 | 682 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bradley County Regional Planning Commission approved recommendations for the rezoning of four properties and voted to adopt a new comprehensive plan during its meeting on Tuesday night.

A property at 6688 Waterlevel Highway was rezoned from the R-2 high density residential district category to C-2 general commercial district.

Currently, there is a vacant commercial and apartment building on the property. County Planner Bently Thomas said property owners Dewayne and Lisa Isaacs sought the zoning change so they could open a retail establishment there, and the lot did adjoin a property with C-2 zoning.

Land at 4655 Georgetown Rd. was rezoned from R-1 rural residential district to C-1 rural commercial district.

The Cleveland Bradley County Teachers Federal Credit Union requested that the property be rezoned, and a credit union representative said that was to make it easier to sell. On the property is a house that had been foreclosed upon by the credit union.

The planning commission also approved changing property at 5610 Georgetown Road from the FAR forestry/agricultural/residential district to a C-2 general commercial district.

Land owner Joe Pesterfield said he plans to put a climate-controlled building on the lot, which currently has a vacated trailer on it. The lot adjoins others that had the C-2 zoning category assigned to them already.

Planning commissioners also approved a request concerning the Bellingham subdivision on Urbane Road, where several townhome units are in the process of being built.

Thomas said the four townhomes being built on each of the lots were being sold instead of rented out, and the developer was seeking permission to “slice” the lots into sections. When a townhome unit is sold, it will include the section of land on which it stands.

With little discussion on each one, the commission unanimously approved the rezoning requests.

The decisions to rezone the properties will not be made final until they are approved by the Bradley County Commission. The planning commission will submit its recommendations to the governing body for consideration on a later date.

The planning commission also approved a new comprehensive plan for the county. Thomas said it was “an extension of” an existing land use plan, and it includes additional elements like plans for traffic. He added that the plan would be useful for things like applying for grants.

Planning Commission Chairman Thomas Crye asked if the plan could be changed once voted upon. The county planner said it could be reconsidered if 30 days of notice were to be given for a public hearing.

During Tuesday night’s public hearing on the plan, only one attendee spoke.

Dan Rawls asked if the comprehensive plan being proposed was “tied to” any other area plans like the regional Thrive 55 plan that exists in Tennessee. After double-checking the document, Thomas said it was not. In response to that, Rawls said the county needed to be make sure it understood and cared about the plan being presented at the meeting.

Crye assured Rawls the planning commissioners were “very concerned” about the plan, and they had read and discussed it.

The plan was approved by a majority vote. Planning Commissioner Mark Graves said he could not “go along with the plan as it is” and provided the only vote against it.

Thomas said the planning commission had the ability to approve the plan, and it became official after that vote.