Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Hearing for MadCo Land Use Plan Thursday

The Madison County Property Owners Association posted the following statement on Facebook. 

The MCPOA is sharing the following information so that you are aware of proposed changes in the unincorporated areas of Madison County.

Please be advised these following proposed changes are being considered by the county:

The documents are online for your review as of Friday, Oct 18. As you will see most of the zoning changes involve the Gluckstadt area.

All approved zoning and ordinance changes made by the Supervisors will affect all residential and commercial property in the unincorporated areas in Madison County.

What is happening?

The county has been working with CMPDD for about 2 years to update the county zoning/ordinances and the county land use plan. The Supervisors hired and directed the updated content and were told process could be about 2 years. The changes made at the County level usually average once every 5 years. The last changes are posted on the county site are: Comprehensive plan – 2013. County zoning ordinance – 2011.

Several thousand $$ are paid for these recommended updates.

The Zoning Administrator now has the content ready for a public meeting, citizen review etc. Any recommendations made at Planning/Zoning will then be presented to the MC Supervisors.

MC Planning & Zoning Commission
Thursday Oct 24
9 am in the MC Chancery board room
COMMENTS: Citizens should attend or ask someone to speak for you if you have comments, concerns or questions.

The actions of the Planning/ zoning commission will then be recommendations passed onto the Supervisors in a future meeting.

This is your only opportunity to publically comment and be on record.

Record of comments: Any comments maybe requested to be entered into the minutes. Citizens should provide a copy of written comments to the commission and Attorney make such request when at the podium. Citizens may submit comments on behalf of another person, also asking these be entered into the minutes. **Action must be requested from the podium at the meeting **

Public notice was served recently in the local newspaper as required by statute.

**Some areas will be rezoned to a new type of zoning**

The maps are not online at the county site due to the size of the maps. The link below will provide a copy to view along with the color chart index. 

This is a photo converted to a file to view. Viewers will need to zoom in to see specific areas, parcels, etc.

Some of the proposed changes for Residential are:
(NOTE: this does not include all proposed changes. Please review documents online)
Home occupations (Operating business from home)
Horticultural business (in R1 Estate zoning)
Limiting size of US Flag displayed
Limiting height of flag pole to 15 Feet (This should be updated to 20 Ft)
If Business operated in the HOME, ONE sign is allowed, 2 ft x 2 ft and must be affixed on the home at least 6 ft higher, not illuminated..
Transient vendors - May operate for 30 day, must obtain a privilege license from MC zoning Administrator.
Garbage containers at existing MULTI Family use locations must be fenced and not seen from public view
Garage sales allowed but no more than 6 days in a 12 mth period
Street Numbers ON all permanent structures in future of sufficient size and legible.
PARKING of Large trucks in Platted subd. Parking only for ONE ton units/ No more than 20 ft and ONLY For time period needed for any work etc.
NO PARKING of any unit within 10 feet of a fire hydrant.
Abandoned Vehicles - prohibited on residential property
Swimming pools: Distance and easement requirements. Shall be enclosed by a structure or fencing. Fences shall be at least four feet in height and shall have a self-latching gate.
Some of the proposed changes for Businesses are:
( Note: Not all proposed changes are listed – please review documents online )
Signage : Certain signs will NOW require a permit from zoning administrator. (Except for GOVT , FED , STATE or MC- these types are exempt)
WINDOW Signs - Shall not cover more than 20% of total area.
Prohibited signs - New criteria added. Basically if NOT allowed then it is prohibited.
Landscaping required for ALL GROUND MOUNTED SIGNS.
Temporary signs - Signs following an event or activity - Must be removed within 48 hrs after .
Banner signs - 2 banner signs allowed up to 30 days after INITIAL opening of a new business, new owner or change in proprietor.

Not all A1 is changing, (Germantown / Panther Creek, Church Rd/ Kehle Rd areas will be changed to R1)
See link below to view maps in Google drive.
These are the best images available at this time.
Maps are in the MC zoning office for any citizen to view.
Manufactured homes only allowed if hardship proven and must be approved by board, for period of 1 yr and renew request every 12 mths.
Non conformities are mentioned in the ordinance document. (see page 60-62)
Note: The Zoning administrator has indicated, in this category (R1 Estate district), if a resident currently has livestock, chickens or fowl, these will be allowed to remain. “ As long as the current situation is legal and in compliance with current ordinance , there is no change to the parcel owner.“
See pages 98 -100 in new proposed ordinance link shared below.
Effect on Ad valorem tax- there is no change in the current ad valorem taxes when zoning changes from A1 to R1 per the MC Tax assessor office.

Changes noted pages 139 -149
several new criteria / requirements
Manufactured home parks
* Annual inspection required by MC Zoning admin or designated representative
Industrial zoning
No structure shall exceed 40 feet (3 stories) in height.

OTHER Zoning districts - few noted corrections
TIP – Technical Industrial Districts
HID – Heavy Industrial Park
Where are the documents to view?
Current MC Comprehensive plan / document is here on the PZ tab on the MC site: https://www.madison-co.com/…/files/2011_Madison_Co__Plan.pdf
PROPOSED changes/ DRAFT OF MC Comprehensive plan is currently posted here:
((Download the version as it may change after the upcoming hearings))
Proposed changes and MC Zoning ordinance
184 pages
** Deleted in RED / NEW content in GREEN **
PROPOSED Revisions - Zoning only
ZONING MAP 1 https://drive.google.com/open…
Zoning categories / color legend

Agenda and Cases
The agenda for the 10/24 meeting is here:
To view all “cases/ documents” for 10/24 view those here

First PUBLIC HEARING is at the Planning/zoning commission on Thursday October 24, at 9 am in Canton MS
Share with your contacts/ property owners, residential and commercial.

Please help get this message to our community to include all HOA board members, and property management companies.

These changes, if approved will affect ONLY property owners/ businesses in property NOT CURRENTLY in any city limits in Madison County.


Anonymous said...

With Steen and Griffin in place, none of this is observed or ever will be. If Banks slides back in, forget it.

Anonymous said...

Excellent technical material that has been presented in a manner that the layman can understand and follow. Few Counties have this level guidance and the key is quality public input and adoption.

Anonymous said...

5:30...nobody ever writes crap like that on the internet unless they are an insider. Seriously man, don't be so obvious.

Anonymous said...

5:30, bullshit. If it wasn't for Kingfish, this wouldn't have even been publicized. And who holds a one time public "hearing" during the workday regarding documents of this importance unless they are trying to slide something through behind closed doors. I smell a big RAT.

Anonymous said...

Well that’s just great! Who in the heck is going to enforce all of this!!!
Please tell us!
Oh wait Paul will want someone else hired temporary “ to get the job done” who will not know a
Dang thing and watch YouTube at the desk!

Why is the focus on Gluckstadt?
The damn supervisors for the last 20 years haven’t done much to help that area to NOT be a Hwy 80 in 10 years!
If it wasn’t for a few citizens begging for better development the last few years would not have at least brought better looking sites.

Oh but now a carwash has been approved which will be right across from
The Beautiful Church at the exit.

Anonymous said...

Two observations:
1. Why are the Supervisors targeting areas in Gluckstadt when they will be their own city soon. Let the new city leaders decide what changes are needed with input from the citizens that actually live in Gluckstadt. If we dig deep enough the changes will probably benefit some of the Supervisors ( I’ll let you figure out which ones)
2. Why are not all areas that are A1 being changed? Again, maybe we need to look at who lives on those A1 areas. The R1 will be more restrictive and the taxes will be higher.
There is a hidden agenda here when the BOS targets Gluckstadt as the main area getting th changes.

Anonymous said...

"Few Counties have this level guidance and the key is quality public input and adoption."

I suspect at least 90% of the counties in this state use the Planning and Development District (for their area) to come up with these basically 'boiler plate' county plans. It's been that way for at least twenty years. There WAS no public input to speak of.

Anonymous said...

A1 allows mobile homes with no approval from board. A mobile home popped up on Catlett with no approval. R1 will restrict mobile homes in the future with no board approval.

Anonymous said...

If you understand what the State Law says regarding Agricultural Use if this land is not changed to Residential in the highly populated areas such as Catlett Road then someone could have a Commercial chicken operation and nothing could be done about it. Thank You Madison County for looking out for the citizens and property values

Anonymous said...

The Madison County model for agricultural use exists at the tractor/boat museum on Old Canton in municipal Madison. A city employee told me the weeds and volunteer bushes are thirteen feet high.

Anonymous said...

The County only controls the land Use outside the towns.

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