White County Board of Commissioners discusses framework for Historic Preservation Commission


CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners agreed Monday on a framework of membership for the future Historic Preservation Commission during Monday’s work session and directed County Clerk to draft by-laws for Board review.

The commission will not be a new government entity, but a sub-set of the Board of Commissioners that will draft an overlay to submit to the Board for its review and approval. Much like the county planning commission, all decisions will be subject to the commissioners’ approval.

“We have a lot of history in this community and this county that we need to be cognizant of,” Chairman Travis Turner said. “We know growth is coming. Growth is here.”

Commissioners agreed membership of the commission should include someone from the local business community, the Historical Society, Department of Natural Resources, Sauteee Nacoochee Center, county planning commission, a real estate brokerage, ministerial alliance, White County Government employee and a Georgia Mountains Regional Commission planner.

Commissioners also held two public hearings. During the first, Gregory Dobson came before the Board to seek approval of his application for a conditional use permit for his home at 58 Bonnie Pearl Lane. Dobson told the board that his home has a one-bedroom apartment in the basement he would like enter into the county’s vacation rental program. Several members of the homeowners association said they had no objection to the permit. Planning Commission recommended approval.

Commissioners conducted a second public hearing to consider a land use application filed by Daniel C. Flanders to redistrict 30.24 acres located at 261 J and J Drive in Sautee Nacoochee. When the county prepared the zoning map, mobile homes were located on the property which was then zoned (R2), Multi-Family District which would not allow him to build an addition on to his home. He is asking to have the property zoned Agriculture Forestry District, which would permit an extension.

Commissioners also discussed bids received by the Tax Assessor’s Office for business personal property audit/verification services and year-end board appointments and appointments to a historic preservation committee.

Chief Tax Appraiser Bryan Payne presented the bids from Traylor Business Services and Tax Management. Traylor bid $325 per audit based on a sliding scale that depends on the size of the inventory to be audited. Tax Management’s bid was $350 depending on the size of inventory to be audited.

Agenda items discussed during work sessions are not voted on until the next voting session.




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