Resident questions zoning changes

Published: Friday, June 7, 2013 at 11:47 AM.

DeRuntz said he would be more than happy to explain the ordinances to Anderson. “What we have here are a couple of issues. First there is the property zoning, then there is the alcohol sales issue.”

The property zoning became residential during the ongoing process of creating the Future Land Use Map, which began back in 1975, Commissioner Roger Hagan said. “It’s not just us, a lot of people have sat in these chairs during this process.” The property would have been operating as a fraternal organization as a nonconforming usage, DeRuntz said, which meant that when it ceased to be a fraternal organization the property reverted back to its original zoning, which was low density residential.

As for selling and consuming alcohol on premises, the rules in Washington County are pretty clear, DeRuntz said. “It’s prohibited. There is an exception for convenience stores, but clubs and restaurants are not allowed to sell alcohol.”

Anderson complained that the real estate listing did not match the county’s designated zoning, but real estate consultant Jim Town, who was in the audience, said that it was the real estate broker’s job to make sure the zoning was correctly identified for a listing.

“A lot of real estate agents do get in touch with Mike (DeRuntz) and make sure to get the proper land use.”

Town noted that even if the county rezoned the proposed property as commercial, that would not mean that Anderson would automatically get a liquor license.

DeRuntz said he spoke with Anderson again on Thursday attempting to set up a meeting with him and his real estate agent. “We’ll try and get his issues resolved.”

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