Commissioners update county land use map


CLEVELAND, Ga. – Following a public hearing Monday, White County commissioners approved an update to the official land use map during a combined called meeting and work session.

The map update does not make any additional changes, but merely incorporates all land use actions taken by commissioners since the map was last updated in December 2015.

Habersham County Commission Chairman Victor Anderson attended the meeting to read a proclamation honoring Habersham’s 2018 bicentennial and declaring Habersham’s adjacent counties as “honorary Habersham countians.”

With the rise in popularity of tiny houses (under 400 square feet), commissioners have questioned whether a modification of the county’s housing regulations would be in order. Community and  Economic Development Director John Sell reported that the regulations already cover single-wide mobile homes (320 square feet) and that no changes would be necessary.

Commissioner Edwin Nix expressed concern about the impact of property values on neighboring homes should an applicant decide to build a tiny home in a neighborhood of more expensive homes.

Sell explained that homes under 400 square feet would only be allowed in “permanent campground settings.”

Later, Sell was appointed to replace Tom O’Bryant on the Joint Development Authority of White, Lumpkin and Dawson counties. O’Bryant left White County government to become Cleveland city manager.  Cheyenne Thornton was appointed to serve on the county’s Department of Family and Children Services board.

Commissioners unanimously approved renewal of the joint use agreement with the Board of Education to share the school’s recreational facilities and a corrected resolution setting qualifying fees for county commission candidates at $360 rather than the $497.64 that had been previously approved.

Commissioners also agreed to provide correspondence to the city of Cleveland regarding water and sewer service to Freudenberg, the community’s largest employer.


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