Franklin Co. To Review Zoning Ordinance

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

The Franklin County Planning Commission will begin a systematic review of the county’s zoning ordinance at the request of the Board of Commission.

At their work session Tuesday, the board heard from commissioner Clint Harper who said it’s time for the county to re-evaluate its zoning laws.

“I think our land use regulations needs updating,” Harper told the Board. “If you’ll look at it I think you’ll see it’s geared more towards cities and things like that. There are things in there that are so restrictive and don’t make a whole lot of sense.”

For example, Harper pointed to a section of the ordinance that bars a property owner with 50 acres from building more than one house on that land.

”If they want to build their kid a house or have a house over in the back 30, they can’t. I would like our county manager to talk to our zoning board,” Harper said.

Franklin County’s zoning ordinances were first passed in 2005. Since then no changes have been made.

“That’s a very good point and basically we’re going on nine years,” said Commissioner Jeff Jacques. “We knew when we adopted it, we would need to tweak it as we needed to. So, I have no problem with that.”

The board then directed County manager John Phillips to meet with the Planning Commission to begin a comprehensive review of the zoning laws.