CLOVERDALE -- The planning board of Cloverdale has been busy revamping it zoning ordinance since April.
The five-member board has been going through the ordinance controlling land use and building standards, said Jerry Acrea, president of the board.
"It was very lenient," he said, "You could actually have a pig in your backyard, if your neighbor didn't complain about it."
The board scheduled an extra meeting each month to update the 16-section ordinance, which has not been done since 1972.
"We really couldn't operate well as a planning board with the ordinance we had," Acrea said. "Every situation was up in the air. We had no definite answer for anything. Now we're going to have a clear answer for everything."
Acrea explained the revised ordinance would contain planning for new housing developments, S.R. 231 surrounding I-70 and downtown. It will dictate the types of businesses will be allowed in the downtown area or along the interstate.
The planning board has studied ordinances from other communities such as Danville, Avon and Nashville to have the best regulations for Cloverdale.
"We really want to encourage economic development in Cloverdale," Acrea said.
There are grandfather clauses included for existing businesses and homes so the changes will not affect them.
The board anticipated revisions to be completed in December, but finished at the first of November.
Planning board members will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Town Hall.
Residents and business owners with questions or concerns regarding the revised ordinance are welcome to attend.
Once the public meeting is held, the modified regulations will go before town council for final approval.
It will be implemented following council's approval, said Acrea.