Three amendments to the county's zoning regulations - including one that would permit historic monuments - will be considered Monday night.
The Dyer County Commission plans to hold a public hearing on the amendments at 6:30 p.m. in the Dyer County Courthouse's second-floor courtroom. The commission's regular monthly meeting will follow at 7 p.m.
The zoning amendments address three issues in forestry-agricultural-residential (FAR) districts. Under the proposed amendments, anyone who wants to erect a historic monument, a billboard or a water tank in an FAR zone must seek l permits from the county's Zoning and Appeals Board.
The amendment allowing historical monuments has the potential to legitimize an 80-foot-tall flagpole that has become a lightning rod for controversy.
A 20-by-30-foot Confederate flag tops the flagpole near Pierce Cemetery at Trimble. The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) said the flag is one of several mega-flags being erected throughout the South "for history, heritage and honor."
Others have described the display as a "political agenda" and a warning to motorists on Interstate 155 that they have entered the South - a country within a country.
Historical monuments, such as the flagpole, are not currently permitted in FAR zones. After receiving a complaint about the flagpole, the Dyer County Zoning and Appeals Board declined Aug. 12 to approve a variance for the flagpole, but board members said the SCV could ask the county to amend its zoning regulations.
On Sept. 11, the Dyer County Regional Planning Commission endorsed the zoning amendment on a 5-2 vote. Planning Commission member Barbara Johnson made the motion to approve the amendment because she believes this is a decision the county commission should make.
Because the zoning amendment affects Newbern, the Newbern Planning Commission also was asked to consider it. The group rejected the amendment on Sept. 11.
Newbern's decision raises the number of votes needed for passage in the County Commission. Instead of a simple majority of those present, the amendment must garner at least 11 votes - a majority of the entire commission - to be approved.
The resolution requires that historic and monument sites be:
√ At least 500 feet away from existing residential uses.
√ Have adequate access to a public road with adequate parking.
√ Reasonably open to the general public.
√ Compliant with height, lot coverage and yard requirements for the district.
The other zoning amendments cover roadside signs, billboard and advertisements in FAR zones and water tanks in FAR zones. In each of the two proposals, persons must seek permits from the Zoning and Appeals Board before erecting signs or water tanks.
The resolution governing advertising requires that signs, billboards and other advertising structures be:
* Forbidden on road rights-of-way.
* No larger than 382 square feet in size.
* At least 1,000 feet apart on the same side of the street or 500 feet from another sign on the opposite side of the street.
* At least 1,000 feet from existing residential uses.
* In compliance with height restrictions for the zoning district.
* Restricted to arterial roads, a designation for some of the county's most heavily trafficked roads.
The water tank resolution establishes minimum distances between water tanks and property lines, utilities and residences.
Other items on Monday's agenda include:
* Reappointing Bogota Drainage Committee members Don Childress, Daniel Lay, Roger Long and Paul Nale to two-year terms.
* Reappointing Industrial Board members Ralph Holland, Katie Winchester, Ralph Henson and Richard Hill to six-year terms.
* Reappointing Tom Reasons and David Norsworthy to the Regional Solid Waste Board for Crockett, Dyer and Gibson counties for six-year terms.
* Reappointing Terry Parker to the Zoning and Appeals Board for a three-year term.
* Considering three budget resolutions. One appropriates $80,933.58 for the Dyer County Board of Education and accommodates incoming funds. Another transfers $2,677.94 from undesignated funds to county buildings-office supplies to handle incoming grant funds. The transfer is being made for archive purposes. The third resolution concerns the highway department. The budget committee is scheduled to meet at 6:15p.m. Monday to consider the resolutions.
* Hearing reports from Bob Kirk and Dr. Karen Bowyer about the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce's government and education activities.