Long-awaited city zoning map gets planners' close inspection

Monday, December 19, 2005
Berryville Planning Commission members got a good look at a revised city zoning map, produced by McCutcheon Surveying of Harrison. Anna Mathews / Carroll County News

BERRYVILLE -- A new city zoning map, with proposed zoning adjustments, was reviewed by Berryville Planning and Zoning Commissioners Tuesday night.

It includes recently annexed land, the correct city boundary, and the proposed zoning changes.

Building Inspector Carl Goins presented the map, saying there was some "tweaking" to be done, but wanted the commissioners to look it over before he and Charles McCutcheon proceeded further.

McCutcheon, of McCutcheon Surveying, was hired by the city to produce the map.

Most of the proposed zoning changes pertain to land that will become R-1, but only after public hearings are held and the city council approves the recommendations.

Goins said the color code for various zone designations will be "tweaked" to make them stand out more. He also said highways will be highlighted with darker lines for the same reason.

After the zoning adjustments are approved, he said subdivisions and lots will be added to the map.

The map he presented, approximately two by three feet in size and printed on photo paper, cost $50, he said. It will be made available to those interested for a similar price, possibly less if printed on plain paper.

In other business, the commission heard from David Bolerjack, who owns a bread and breakfast establishment at the intersection of Rose and Huntsville streets.

Bolerjack said he plans to sell the bed and breakfast and build a home next door, which would require a lot split.

A recently completed survey Bolerjack presented showed the proposed building site exceeded city size requirements. "It's 90-feet-wide and the minimum is 60," he said.

According to Bolerjack, the house he plans to build will be a small two-story structure with 1,000 square-feet of living space, facing Rose Avenue.

Exact placement of the house hadn't been finalized, he said, because the huge mulberry tree previously in question was going to remain and the house situated behind the tree.

Bolerjack was told that he meet all the criteria so far, and to contact Goins when he was prepared to proceed further.

Also discussed at the meeting were road and drainage concerns at Birch Tree Acres, a subdivision located on County Road 426, on the northwestern edge of the city.

It was noted that the county judge was working with developers to fix the roadway and that the drainage problems had been addressed.

After the meeting, Judge Ulys K. Smith was contacted. He confirmed that he was working with the developer, saying he had offered county labor and equipment, if the developer brings in the materials.

According to Smith, the existing asphalt road in front of the development has been damaged by water runoff from the development.

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