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TDR public hearing in question for tonight

Find a full story about the TDR discussion that night here.

There’s a question if a Planning Commission public hearing about TDR will go on as planned.

The regular meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Former supervisor Joe Brito emailed all members of the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors this afternoon, asking to cancel the evening’s public hearing, one of seven on the agenda. He pointed to technical discrepancies in the advertised public hearing and the proposed ordinance posted online, with the actual transfer-of-development rights program approved by the board in February. (Here are the minutes from that meeting: boardminutes0219)

At that time, the board voted to allow a density of 2.25 dwelling units per acre in the A-1 agricultural zoning district of the receiving areas, a reduction from 5 in an earlier proposed iteration of TDR. What was advertised for Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting was that density in the A-1 areas would be reduced from 5.0 to 3.0 dwelling units per acre.

An increase from 2.25 to 3.0 is actually being proposed, however.

Chairman Mike Rhodes said in an email this afternoon that the county attorney is reviewing the advertisement to see if there are concerns.

The Board of Supervisors requested on June 4 that the Planning Commission send a recommendation of TDR amendments by Aug. 31.

Other changes being proposed to the TDR program are increases in the amount of land in the sending and receiving areas. In theory, TDR is meant to preserve land (ex. the rural Brooke area) while sending development to areas better suited to growth (ex. Courthouse UDA). The amendments call for including the Crow’s Nest Harbour neighborhood in the sending area, and more than tripling the receiving area, from 550 acres to 1,900 acres. Two other zoning districts would be included–R-4 manufactured homes and B-3 office zoning districts.