Changes coming for town's zoning ordinance

Friday, November 28, 2008

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.

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  • ""The planning board has studied ordinances from other communities such as Danville, Avon and Nashville to have the best regulations for Cloverdale.""

    This quote represtnts "failure" to me. It has been used repeatedly in reports from town board meetings.

    It sends a message that "we don't know what to do, let's see what Avon, Danville, and Nashville are doing."

    Why not copy what the town of "Carp" is doing. We never hear of any crimes, police department problems, water treatment woes. No one is suing the town of Carp. Carp isn't in the pocket of any fire department, has no election recounts, and Carp is closer and would be much easier (and cheaper) to study.

    When I become Mayor, I'll implement this, and many other brainstorms I have to better our fine community. Avon and Danville will want to copy ME!

    (i am xgamer and i approve this message)

    -- Posted by Xgamer on Fri, Nov 28, 2008, at 5:19 AM
  • Carp. Isn't that the town, south of Cloverdale, that has one to two houses in it's township?

    -- Posted by MarkC on Fri, Nov 28, 2008, at 9:10 PM
  • I hope the guy that painted the "welcome to Carp" wasnt dyslexic.....

    -- Posted by honestyisbestpolicy on Mon, Dec 1, 2008, at 6:34 PM
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