The request was granted in an 11-2 vote. First District Commissioner Ed Elkins and 6th District Commissioner Robert Rominger voted against the rezoning. Second District Commissioner Connie Wilson was absent.
Property owner Tony Hudson made the request so he can build poultry houses on the land. Hudson said he plans to have three poultry houses on the more than 50-acre piece of land. Each one can house 36,000 chickens.
Elkins said he wants to know what else is in the area. He said he is concerned about the impact the poultry might have on the community.
“This is almost on the county line. This is the middle of nowhere. If you are going to live in the country, you should expect some farming,” 6th District Commissioner Mel Griffith said.
Griffith said there are many poultry houses in the area.
Hudson said there are 17 poultry houses in the community.
Also during the meeting:
- Seventh District Commissioner Mark Hall expressed his disappointment that the Healthy Community Initiative committee had denied the veterans home grant request.
“I’m shocked and very disappointed that we’ve been denied,” Hall said.
He asked the committee to reconsider the issue.
“The veterans home is the perfect blueprint of what is within the guidelines of HCI,” Hall said.
Limited funds for this grant cycle have impacted what the committee is considering to fund, according to 4th District Commissioner J. Adam Lowe.
Lowe said not receiving the grant would not delay the overall project.
“(I) want to see that veterans home happen, but right now that veterans home has not become a reality for us,” Lowe said. “There are a lot of chess players [who] have to put their pieces in place, so there was no reason to think ... this delays or jeopardizes the project at all.”
According to Hall, the project received a $60,000 grant last year.
Lowe reminded the Commission that any recommendation by the committee would come before the Commission for approval or denial at a later date. The HCI committee is anticipating having more money to work with the next time than it did this year.
- Moving forward with applying for a Community Development Block Grant to extend a water line to bring clean water to homes was also approved.
Chuck Hammonds of Southeast Tennessee Development District explained representatives talked to county mayors and utility districts to determine possible projects.
Hammonds said the water project must serve a population that is mostly low or moderate income. Well water must test positive for iron or bacteria in order to qualify for the grant. The grants are extremely competitive.
Tim Lawson of Ocoee Utilities said accepting the grant would not cost the county anything because the utility would be paying the required local match.
First District Commissioner Terry Caywood asked if wells drying up would qualify for the grant. Hammonds said for this particular grant it would not.
- Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis notified the Commission three positions would be available on the Regional Planning Commission. Recent state legislation has put the volunteer board under the same disclosure requirements as county commissioners. These changes have led some to resign from their positions.
“We are in need of some good citizens to serve on the Regional Planning Commission,” Davis said. “Anyone who is interested just needs to send some basic information to my office.”
Representation is not limited by district. However a diversity of backgrounds is preferred, Davis said.