Land Development Code gets updates

Washington County
Washington County
Published: Friday, May 9, 2014 at 02:59 PM.

The Washington County Planning Commission gave the county's Land Development Code a long awaited update when they met in regular session Tuesday, May 6.

Some additions were as simple as adding to the definition of terms, while others addressed specific code changes.

Changes included new requirements for agricultural buffers, including a provision stating all new developments adjacent to agricultural lands or operations on parcels of 20 acres or more must provide a buffer to reduce the potential conflicts between agricultural and non-agricultural land uses.

The commission also placed a requirement to have special exceptions approved for the placement of Neighborhood Commercial placement in a Low/Medium or High Residential Use district, and developers will see more restrictions placed on what they can include in Planned Unit Developments (PUD).

The bulk of the changes addressed environmental issues, however, including provisions stating all mining operations must be site-specific county approval and proposing the prohibiting of  all construction, except piers, docks, and landscaping within 100 feet of mean high water mark of Econfina Creek. The Commission also addressed the need to designate areas that fall within the 100-year floodplain as environmentally sensitive lands.

Recreational Vehicle Parks and campgrounds are proposed to be moved under Agricultural/Silvicultural District designation and will have additional criteria for density and intensity of development.

Additionally, all new subdivided areas must meet all DHRS Standards for advanced septic systems.

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