BOCC approves expanding Enterprise Zones for Ebro and Vernon

Washington County Board of County Commissioners 12-12-2013

Washington County Board of County Commissioners approved of County Planning Director Mike DeRuntz’ request to expand the Enterprise Zones for Ebro and Vernon during their regular meeting on Thursday.

Cecilia Spears
Published: Friday, December 13, 2013 at 10:04 AM.

CHIPLEY — Washington County Board of County Commissioners approved of County Planning Director Mike DeRuntz’ request to expand the Enterprise Zones for Ebro and Vernon during their regular meeting on Thursday.

“This has nothing to do with taxes or land use,” said Executive Director of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce Ted Everett. “It is just an imaginary boundary to help business owners. Enterprise Zones are a state incentive for new businesses create full time jobs in those areas.”

After a public hearing, Board approved of a Small Scale Future Land Use Map Amendment from a Public/Semi-Public to a General Commercial designation for property located at 3319 Court Avenue in Vernon.

“It is just a future land use amendment,” said DeRuntz. “It is not for development.”

Chair Alan Bush assured everyone that if there was a need for a turn lane for that future business that it would be discussed during the development stage.

Board held the first of four public hearings before applying for a $750,000 Community Block Development Grant to pave Orange Hill Highway from where the pavement ends on to Quail Hallow.

“This is the first of four public hearings we have advertised for in case anyone from the community wants to attend and speak about it,” said County Engineer Cliff Knauer. “Under the Board’s direction we are ready to move forward. We’ve had to push from January to February but we have surveying and design done and permitting must be submitted; we’re still on schedule.”



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