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Moratorium on subdivisions lifted

Pike commissioners lifted the moratorium on minor and subdivisions at their Wednesday, Feb. 8 meeting. Commissioners placed a 90-day moratorium on permits for subdivisions during their Dec. 14 meeting, noting that changes needed to be made to fees charged by the planning and zoning department since they did not cover the cost of inspections in many cases. The county’s impact fees were also increased from $2,404 to $6,775 at their Jan. 31 meeting.

Many citizens spoke during the Town Hall session before the start of the meeting about the increase in impact fees. County manager Brandon Rogers noted that the fees are to help the county plan for the future and Pike has seen significant growth over the past few years.

“We are one of the top growing populations in the state and that impacts the county,” said Rogers.
Chairman Briar Johnson said his son is planning to build in Pike in the future and will have to pay the impact fees as well.

“This is what we have to do to run this county in the future,” he said. “Growth is coming and we need to be ready. We are charged to run this county and look at the entire picture – not just for one group of people.”

The county also:

• Approved the second reading of amendments to the Emergency Management Ordinance and Emergency Management Services of Title III entitled Administration.

• Held a public hearing and discussed the completed activities for the Fiscal Year 2019 Community Development Block Grant program.

• Held a public hearing regarding the development of the application of the Community Development Block Grant project.

• Approved a tax refund in the amount of $920.56 for Carraway/Osbolt.

• Held a closed, executive session to discuss possible acquisition of real property and also potential litigation and reconvened to adjourn the meeting.

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