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Newbern planners OK subdivision plat

Saturday, November 10, 2012

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Outgoing Newbern Alderman Bill Parks compliments the Newbern Municipal-Regional Planning Commission on the work they have completed during his tenure. City planners met on Thursday evening for the commission's regular November meeting.
Members of the Newbern Municipal-Regional Planning Commission heard words of encouragement from outgoing members of the Newbern City Board at a regular meeting on Thursday, Nov. 8.

Mayor K.W. Dennison, Alderman Chris Odom and Alderman Bill Parks each took a turn commending the commissioners on the work completed during their administration.

With a new mayor and several new aldermen elected on Tuesday evening, Dennison, Odom and Parks will complete their time on the Newbern city board at the end of December.

Two items were discussed in Thursday's meeting.

* City Planner Christopher Pate recommended the planning commission approve amending two lots in Crown Pointe subdivision.

A minor subdivision plat was submitted for a two-lot subdivision on Crowne Ridge Drive. The submission abandons the right-of-way, which was platted as a stub-out street.

Pate said the most significant issue of the proposal is the fact that municipal utilities may have installed mains, fiber optic lines or cables in the area affected by the change. Notes provided to the commissioners reveal Newbern Public Works does already have a manhole in the curve, which may be in the right-of-way abandoned between the lots.

Pate recommended approval contingent on signatures by officials with all area utilities.

Commissioner Barry Little moved to approve the submission with Steve McDonald adding a second. The motion passed, unopposed.

* Members of the Planning Commission also discussed a resolution amending the way the board does business on two-lot subdivision plots. Commissioners heard the pros and cons of allowing the chairman and secretary of the Newbern Municipal-Regional Planning Commission the authority to approve two-lot subdivisions.

Pate assured commissioners that if the chairman or secretary have any concerns with the properties that come before them, they can be referred to the full commission for approval. All submissions will still be looked over by Pate.

Commissioner Steve McDonald moved to further investigate the new procedure with Chris Odom adding a second. A public hearing concerning the issue will be set after the first of the year.



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