Land use applications dominate the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — Land use applications will once again dominate the agenda when the White County Board of Commissioners meets on Monday April 25 at 4:30 p.m. in the County Administration Building on Helen Highway.

Commissioners will consider:

  • The land use application to request a conditional use permit for Titus Rennie on 2.09 acres at 452 River Forest Run in Cleveland to be placed into the county’s short-term rental program;
  • The land use application to request a conditional use permit for Lori Creek on 2.97 acres at 292 Spotted Fawn Lane in Cleveland to be placed into the county’s short-term rental program;
  • The land use application to request a conditional use permit for Brandon and Autumn Thompson on 0.55 acres at 8 Taylor Road in Helen to be placed into the county’s short-term rental program;
  • The land use application to request a conditional use permit for Ricardo Viton on1.04 acres at 72 Running Deer Road in Cleveland to be placed into the county’s short-term rental program;

 The Board will also consider the purchase of two vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office, a grant application to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division for a Scrap Tire Amnesty Day in White County and a resolution to ratify the White County Board of Elections By-Laws, amended in February 2022.

Commissioners will set qualifying fees for 2022 candidates Monday

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. —  The Board of Commissioners will set qualifying fees for candidates who plan to run for elected offices in 2022 when they meet in a regular session Monday, Jan 29 at 4:30 p.m. in the County Administration Building 1235 Helen Highway in Cleveland.

Commissioners will also consider a series of land use applications including the following:

  • Charles Clinton’s request to rezone 4.77 acres on Corporate Drive from A-1 Agriculture Forestry District to Industrial District;
  • Greg Crumley’s request for a conditional use permit on 3.56 acres at 591 Dock Dorsey Road in Cleveland to be placed in the short-term rental program;
  • Michael Gibbs request for a conditional use permit for 7.31 acres on Duncan Bridge Road in Cleveland to be placed in the short-term rental program;
  • Michael Gibbs request for a conditional use permit for 14.13 acres on Duncan Bridge Road to be placed in the short-term rental program;
  • Margaret Loudermilk’s request for a conditional use permit on 1.6 acres at 3529 Chimney Mountain Road in Cleveland to be placed into the short-term rental program;
  • Daniel Rogers’ request to redistrict 2.17 acres at 9 Wild Turkey Trail in Cleveland from Residential Single Family to Residential Seasonal District to be placed into the short-term rental program.
  • Union Grove Campground’s request to redistrict 10.50 acres at 80 Tabernacle Road in Cleveland from Residential Single Family to Agriculture Forestry District.

Commissioners will also hear a presentation of information regarding White County’s receipt of the 2021 Georgia Public Safety and First Responder Supplement Grant.

Under Old Business commissioners will consider:

  • Approval of a memorandum of agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation for the replacement of Town Creek Road Bridge with White County contributing $75,000 to the right of way phase of the project.
  • Ratification of the county’s acceptance of Georgia Department of Transportation Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant funding in the amount of the lesser of $200,000 of 70 percent of the project cost of the extension of Claude Sims Road.

Under New Business, commissioners will consider:

  • An appointment to the White County Department of Family and Children Services Board to fulfill the remainder of a five-year term that expires in June 30, 2025.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9 variance requests on Planning Commission Tuesday agenda

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Tom Sell, Community and Economic Development Director

WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – The White County Planning Commission will have a busy agenda, including nine variance requests to consider when it meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, (Sept. 7) in the White County Senior Center, 1239 Helen Highway in Cleveland.

Variance requests

  • Bobbette Marks requests a variance from Section 14-133(g) for building setback requirements and Section 14-133(k) for square footage requirements in RV parks. Property is located at 1052 Mountain Shadows Drive in Cleveland in Mountain Lakes. Tax map and parcel 031F-084;
  • Juan Velasquez request a variance from Section 804 for building setback requirements. Property is located at 56 Taylor Road, Helen, GA, 30545. Tax map and parcel 042B-107. Total acreage is 4.07;
  • Larry Freeman requests a variance from Section 601 for access. Property is located at 9428 Duncan Bridge Road, Cleveland. Tax map and parcel 090-015. Total acreage is 6.60;
  • Paul Stickrath to request a variance from Section 14-133(g) for building setback requirements in RV parks. Property is located at 243 Hidden Valley Road in Cleveland, Lot 26 in Paradise Valley Campground. Tax map and parcel 005E-026;
  • Scott and Vicki Nesbitt request a variance from Section 602 for lot frontage. Property is located at 775 Highway 254 in Cleveland. Tax map and parcel 089-02. Total acreage is 3.71;
  • Lucille Winkler requests a variance from Section 601 for access. Property is located at 414 Staton Road in Cleveland. Tax map and parcel 033-047. Total acreage is 3.431;
  • William Paul Seabolt requests a variance from Section 601 for access. Property is located at 1247 Highway 284 in Cleveland. Tax map and parcel 037-042. Total acreage is 12 acres;
  • Charles Whitfield requests a variance from Section 601 for access. Property is located at 87 Kenimer Drive in Cleveland. Tax map and parcel 061-259. Total acreage is 1.05;
  • Marjorie T. Lindsey requests a variance from Section 601 for access. Property is located on Logan’s Ridge Road in Cleveland. Tax map and parcel 018-108. Total acreage is 6.90.

Land Use Applications

  • Darya Ishchanka has filed an application to redistrict property located at 7832 Highway 75 Alternate in Helen from R-1 Residential Single Family to R-3 Residential Seasonal District.Tax map and parcel 042B-057. Total acreage is 2.45. Proposed use is to place in “Short Term Rental” program;
  • Don Hasty has filed an application to request a conditional use permit at 60 Highway 356 in Helen. Tax map and parcel 042B-120. Total acreage is ± 0.36. Proposed use is to place

in “Short Term Rental” program. Present use is R-1 Residential Single-Family District;

  • Tommy Hunt has filed an application to redistrict property located at 60 Tesnatee Gap Valley Road in Cleveland from R-1 Residential Single Family to C-2 Highway Commercial District. Tax map and parcel 033D-114 & 033D-115. Total acreage is ± 3.31.

Commissioners consider adding parking kiosks at Yonah Preserve Trailhead

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – As the number of visitors to Yonah Preserve Trailhead grows, so does cost to maintaining the property and restrooms. At Monday’s work session and called meeting, the Board of Commissioners discussed the possibility of adding a parking kiosk.

Commission Chairman Travis Turner was quick to point out that there would be no cost for admittance. The kiosk would be for parking only and would help the county to recoup some of its maintenance costs. “We’re not talking some astronomical fee,” Turner said. “That is not where we want to go.”

County Manager Jason Cobb said the cost to purchase kiosks “could range from $6,000 or $7,000 and all the way up to $40,000.” The City of Helen has two parking kiosks that cost approximately $15,000 each. The issue was discussed but not voted on.

Land use applications for short term rentals are also growing in number. There were three such requests on Monday’s agenda and Turner said there were six more on next week’s agenda.

Commissioners approved the land use applications for short term rentals for Eduin Rossell on Lookout Ridge in Cleveland and James Allison on Holiness Campground Road but denied the one by Jennifer Palazzo on High Meadow Trail.

The Board also unanimously (Commissioner Craig Bryant was absent) approved the appointment of Bill Scandrett to the Region 2 Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board.

Will Wagner, chairman of the Historical Preservation Committee, presented an update on the work the committee has done toward creating a Historic District Overlay that could be incorporated into the county land-use map. The committee was formed in 2019. Wagner said the committee has been meeting monthly and has held several open houses that were well attended by the citizens and that helped to identify many historic sites. The work is ongoing.

 

 

Land use application requests dominate BOC agenda Monday

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — The White County Board of Commissioners will consider a number of land use applications when they meet in a combined work session and called meeting Monday (March 29) at 4:30 p.m.

Earl Bouse has requested that 3.55 acres at 1627 Mill Creek Trail in Cleveland be rezones from single-family residential to Residential Seasonal District for the purpose of being included in the county’s short-term rental program.

In other rezoning requests:

Sandra Durick has requested a conditional use permit for .79 acres at 306 Scenic Drive in Sautee Nacoochee to be placed in the short-term rental program;

Debi Fry has requested that 1.98 acres at 16 Windy Acres Road in Cleveland be rezoned from Community Commercial District to Residential Seasonal District;

Tony Greenway has requested that 10.01 acres on 111 Jenny’s Cove Road be redistricted from Community Commercial to Residential Single Family District;

Haley Stapleton has requested that 7.0 acres at 570 Ostrich Drive in Cleveland be redistricted from Residential Single Family to Residential Seasonal District for the purpose of being placed into the county’s short-term rental program.

In other business, commissioners will discuss:

A revised draft of the county’s nuisance ordinance governing the maintenance of property and removal of hazards in the unincorporated area of White County:

The renewal of the joint use agreement with the White County Board of Education for use of the county’s athletic facilities;

COVID-19 emergency sick leave pay for county employees to expire 31, 2021.

Finance Director Jodi Ligon will present the monthly finance status report.

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