Commission approves one rezoning, not the other

Thursday, May 15, 2008
County attorney John T. Bobo answers a question during Tuesday night's Bedford County Board of Commissioners meeting. At left is County Clerk Kathy Prater, who takes the commission's minutes. (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)

Bedford County Board of Commissoners approved one rezoning request Tuesday night but, after hearing complaints from neighbors, denied another.

Approved was a rezoning request from Nancy Barton, who wanted property on Huffman Road rezoned from R-1 (residential) to A-1 (agriculture).

It's quite unusual to seek a re-zoning from R-1 to A-1; most of the county is already zoned A-1, and so the typical rezoning request is from A-1 to a residential or commercial zone in order to allow development. But in this case, Barton wants to open a boat storage facility (known as a "dry marina"), which is allowed as a special exception within the A-1 zone.

No one spoke for or against the project during a public hearing Tuesday night.

The commission denied a request from David Kelley, on behalf of Juanita Kelley, to rezone property on E.C. Arnold Lane from A-1 to C-1 (commercial) so that it could be sold for development at some point in the future. Bedford County Planning Commission and the county commission's own rules and legislative committee had already recommended against the rezoning.

During the public hearing for the Kelley request, three neighbors of the site, as well as the pastor of a church in the area, objected to the rezoning, saying it would change the character of their quiet residential neighborhood.

No one representing the Kelleys spoke during the hearing.

In other discussion Tuesday night:

* Commissioners approved a budget amendment for the school system as part of the "No Child Left Behind" program, accounting for several grants which had been received.

* Commissioners re-elected Fred Davis, Ron Adcock, Rayburn Sudberry and Marianne Jenkins to Bedford County Board of Equalization.

* Commissioners approved placement of a Bicentennial monument on the courthouse grounds at no cost to the county. Bedford County Bicentennial Organizing Committee is using funds remaining from the 2007 observance to pay for the monument.