Hearing on buffer change is Jan. 12
Published 2:16 pm Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Cumberland County supervisors are set to consider another change to county code regulating how businesses erect buffers between commercial and residential properties.
“Where a zoning permit is for expansion (over 50 percent of building area) or redevelopment (tear down and rebuilding) of a commercial use, the scale drawing shall show a transition between the commercial use and any adjacent residential properties,” states the proposed code amendment.
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“This transition may be achieved through the retention of established vegetation in the setback of at least 20 feet, the planting of a double staggered row of evergreen trees (10 feet on center and a minimum planting height of five feet), or a six-foot board privacy fence with one row of evergreens (10) feet on center and a minimum planting height of three feet) on the side of the fence adjacent to the residential use.”
In October, supervisors narrowly rejected a recommendation from the planning commission recently that would have required a reasonable buffer around expanding business adjacent to residential properties.
“Where a zoning permit is for expansion (over 50 percent of building area) or redevelopment (tear down and rebuilding) of a commercial use, the scale drawing shall show how vegetation, landscaping, fencing or other means shall provide for a reasonable buffer to any adjacent residential properties,” the rejected code amendment stated.
“I communicated to the board and the county administration that I would be very uncomfortable with a government ordinance requiring a business to comply with whatever an employee deems as ‘reasonable,’” said District Two Supervisor and Board Chairman Lloyd Banks, who opposed the measure.
A public hearing on the buffer change will be held at 7 p.m. during the board’s Tuesday meeting.