Planning Commission approves requests
By Tara DeRock Mahoney
Senior Staff Writer
Morgan County Planning Commission members recommended approval of three Madison projects on the agenda at their regular meeting last Thursday.
The group unanimously approved a rezoning on Hunter Lane involving a split of property with frontage on both Hunter and Park Lane in Madison. The new lot will be sized at just over half an acre; it will be zoned R-2.
The primary discussion from the public involved the prospective buyer’s need to reroute sewer lines on the property, which the city will do at the owner’s expense. The newly re-routed lines will enter and leave the property at the same points that they do currently, but on-property pipes will be moved so that a house can be situated on the new lot.
Commission members also recommended approval of changes to the city’s planning ordinance to allow the sale of small trailers as a conditional, accessory use on car-sales lots.
Finally, the group recommended that business owners on North Second Street be granted a variance to allow off-site parking by employees while a new lot is developed.
Madison City Council is expected to take up these recommendations at their regular meeting on August 12.