apartments lead agenda at Millville zoning meeting
By Jessica Allen
January 23, 2009 | MILLVILLE -- Basement apartments,
trees, corner lots and sprinkler systems were discussed
by the Zoning Commission Thursday.
Basement apartments were the first item under discussion
as the question on why there were so many ordinances
and regulations for them were in order. The commission
explained that the city doesn't want people coming in
and buying a lot of homes and then turning them all
into apartments, and that was why many of the regulations
were in place.
Trees and the approval of certain ones came into discussion
during the meeting as how some owners when they plant
them are not aware of the fact that they may be on city
land and may have to be dug up later on. Some solutions
were brought up on this though as if it is a sidewalk
the city is putting there that they could split it and
go around the tree, creating a circle around it. A diagram
was discussed to be included with the ordnances for
people to have a better idea of what they meant.
Harry Meadows, city planner, joked that the when other
people looked their diagrams their reaction would be
somewhere along the lines of "that hick town has to
have a drawing with their ordinances."
Bonnie Farmer, a planning commissioner, brought up
sprinkler systems and it was decided to strike having
the city put them in to water the city grass.
Jim Hart, a planning commissioner, said that "if you
go to tear up a strip and have a sprinkler system there
they city will have to pay for it."
Other items that were on the agenda were moved to
the next meeting, including sign and maintenance ordinances
to be discussed Feb. 12.