Farmer's subdivision may be thwarted

March 07, 1994|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer

A farmer who has been working through the county zoning process for two years to subdivide his 26-acre property in Freedom has been told by county officials that he may not be permitted to proceed because of new water and sewer regulations.

August Meyer, who said he has spent thousands of dollars on engineering and legal fees planning to develop his property at Liberty and White Rock roads, presented his case last week at the county Health Board meeting.

Mr. Meyer received a letter in January from County Attorney Chuck Thompson saying that amendments to the county's water and sewer master plan last fall had placed his property in an area designated for public water and sewer connections, said Mr. Meyer's attorney, Clark Shaffer.

The cost of hooking up the proposed subdivision to water and sewer service, instead of wells and septic tanks, would be about $400,000, Mr. Shaffer said.

The letter was the first time Mr. Meyer had heard of the change, Mr. Shaffer told the county commissioners at the meeting.

"This places him in extreme hardship not to be able to record this subdivision," Mr. Shaffer said.

The decision to put Mr. Meyer's property in the planned water and sewer area is related to the county's plans to build a new school on Linton Road, Mr. Shaffer said.

Mr. Meyer asked the commissioners if they could intervene on his behalf, possibly to grant him an exception or waiver to the water and sewer master plan.

The commissioners said they would consider his request.

"We'll work with you," Commissioner Julia W. Gouge told Mr. Meyer. "With these kinds of costs, you couldn't make much profit."

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