The Frankfort-Franklin County Planning Commission voted 9-1 Thursday to adopt new subdivision and site plan regulations. Commission member C. Michael Davenport, a local developer, cast the only no vote.
The new regulations will separate subdivision and site design standards into urban, suburban and rural categories.
According to the regulations document, other new measures include: the addition of standards to ensure adequate public facilities and services are available to serve proposed development; and incentives for developers and property owners to use alternative development techniques and standards that help to implement a number of provisions of the Comprehensive Plan.
Administrative procedures have been streamlined to improve the development review process as well as provide for earlier and more effective means for citizen involvement in the review of subdivisions and site plans, the document says. Those improvements should help the planning commission devote additional time to long-range, neighborhood and capital improvement planning, it says.
Davenport had several concerns. He said most local developers are leaving Franklin County and working in Anderson and Shelby counties.
"We live in a community where in September alone Franklin Fiscal Court, the Franklin County school board and the library board raised everybody's taxes," Davenport said. "I would think the way to try to offset that is to encourage those investors and risk-takers to invest in our community. I'm very concerned about the affordability
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