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County places 90-day pause on zoning

During their May 10 meeting, commissioners approved the use of $3.3 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds as Loss of Revenues which allows more uses for the money and they established a 90-day moratorium on zoning, subdivision and special exception requests.

During a workshop before the commission meeting, county manager Brandon Rogers said the federal government allows the county to claim up to $10 million in loss revenues and would keep the county from being required to have an annual audit. He said it would also prevent a lot of required reporting, including progress reports on projects even when work has not yet started. He said there would be no conditions on how the county uses the $3.3 million in American Rescue Plan Acts if it was moved to Loss of Revenues.

During the same workshop, Rogers also noted that the planning and zoning director has been working on updating zoning codes and ordinances but needs more time to dedicate to that.

“The problem we are having is daily business is not slowing down and it’s taking longer than anticipated to complete. I’m not in favor of contracting out this job, we have someone in-house who is 100% capable of doing it, we just need to slow down rezoning and subdivision requests so he can focus on getting it done,” said Rogers. “It’s a lot of work and all of the codes are interlocked together. It’s not an easy and quick fix for sure.”

Pike commissioner voted after a closed, executive session to impose a 90-day moratorium on major subdivisions, rezonings, zoning applications, variances and special exceptions.

The county also:

  • Authorized chairman Briar Johnson to sign and accept documents for the Community Development Block Grant for Tanyard Road.
  • Heard from Tim Ingram about the need to pave the short portion of McKinley Road from Highway 19 to Williamson-Zebulon Road due to the amount of money spent each year on gravel and repairs and upkeep by the public works department.
    • Approved an intergovernmental agreement between Pike County and the Development Authority.
  • Approved a tax refund of $200.35 for Jerry F. Motes.
    • Approved use of the courthouse ground by Pike County Schools L4GA on Friday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for National Day of Writing.

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