Cauley chops off pages from zoning ordinance

Grady County Attorney Kevin S. Cauley has combed through and fine-tuned a proposed new county zoning ordinance and in the process reduced the document from a 150-page ordinance to 50 pages.
Cauley teamed up with Grady County Building Official Larry Ivy and Code Enforcement Clerk Jeannette Shurley to make the proposed ordinance easier to read and to flow procedurally.
“My whole intent was to take out any duplications or inaccuracies and not substantially change it or what it tries to regulate,” Cauley said.
Grady County Commissioner T.D. David asked if the Planning Commission had been involved in Cauley’s rewrite and the county attorney said that Code Enforcement Officer Ivy had presented it to them and they had endorsed the revised ordinance.
Grady County Commissioner Al Ball asked if the dramatically reduced document covered everything in the original proposal.
Cauley said it did with the exception of Planned Unit Developments (PUDS), which Ivy said would not likely be applicable in rural Grady County, and billboards, which Cauley said could be regulated separate from the zoning ordinance.
The county attorney said that the existing land use ordinance was repeated in the proposed zoning ordinance and it was not necessary to be included.
“If there are conflicts, the more restrictive regulation would apply. This is still a work in progress and is by no means a clean or final version. However, I believe it is considerably easier to read as it is presented now,” Cauley noted.
Cauley credited the planning commission for its work on the original draft and he commented “they invested a lot of sweat equity in this in the first place.”
During the public comment section of the agenda, local resident Tony Ward asked if a schedule for public hearings on the proposed zoning ordinance had been scheduled.
Grady County Chairman Charles Norton said that commissioners would discuss the revised zoning ordinance and schedule public hearings when the board meets again on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 9 a.m.

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