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Staff approval of some plats possible
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Polk County Planners approved multiple plats during the April meeting and discussed permitting staff approval on plats that meet all necessary qualifications.

Polk County Planners approved multiple plats during the April meeting and discussed permitting staff approval on plats that meet all necessary qualifications.

Planning Commissioner Mark Bishop told the board a motion had been made last summer to vote on all plats when the state planning office stopped providing assistance to the county. He said Sam Saieed, who was hired through SETDD to providing planning assistance, had a grasp on the regulations now. Bishop said the board was down a member and the April meeting had to be moved to ensure a quorum was present. He suggested that if no quorum was present and a plat had previously been submitted but needed minor changes, the changes were made, Saieed approved of the plat and at least the chair, vice-chair or secretary was present, staff approval could be made for plats that were simple land splits ad included no need for variances.

Surveyor Jimmy Richmond told the board the best thing to do was to “climb on the County Executive and get it to where there is a quorum.” He said a lack of quorum  never happened in Bradley County because if meeting were missed, members were removed from the board. Richmond said it was frustrating not just to surveyors but to those who are running on a tight schedule or may be paying interest in the mean time while waiting for approval.

Register of Deeds Kandi Bramlett asked if approval would only occur during meetings and who would sign the plats, stating she had trouble getting in touch with Board Secretary Stan Moorhouse in the past. A signature is required from the secretary before Bramlett can register a deed.

Bishop’s motion said only deeds that had been previously presented could then be approved by staff and that no staff approval could be done unless a plat had been properly presented at least once at a meeting. The motion passed unanimously by the four members present: Bishop, Arnold Hambright, Moorhouse and Daniel Deal.

In other business, planners approved a plat for The Woodlands subdivision, a development with two phases of lots with more than  acres each located on the Ball Play side of Ladd Springs Rd. The development will contain private roads that will be owned by a homeowners association. Developers asked if hydrants were required, citing a lack of water pressure from Ocoee Utilities to install them. He said he would like to put them in if possible, but was unsure if they were required. Bishop said if it was not required in the regulations, they were not required.

Approval and a variance were given to a plat from Bo Moorhouse. The lot contained a flag stem measured at 980 feet, with the regulations calling for a maximum of 500 feet. Richmond asked if, in the future, an easement could just be used instead of creating a flag lot. Bishop said as long as it met the regulations it could be.

Two plats were approved pending signatures; two plats were denied because they did not meet the regulations.

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