Planning Commissioners hear of Enterprise Zone plans

Published: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 07:02 PM.

DeRuntz said the expansion of the zone down Moss Hill Road was a response to past proposals for development in that area.

“I think this could really help Vernon in the future,” DeRuntz said.

The commissioners also were given a copy of a Jackson County cell tower ordinance to study.

“Commissioner (Lynn) Gothard had brought this up as a concern with our last applicant for a telecommunications variance,” DeRuntz said, referring to a cash bond the county required of the developer as a guarantee against the tower being abandoned.

“This Jackson County ordinance is much more thorough than what we have,” DeRuntz said. “We might want to look at more of this.”

The Jackson County ordiance requires a $10,000 bond be put up prior to the issuance of any permit for a new cell tower as a hedge against “any and all losses, damages and claims arising out of the placement, maintaining, the removal or deconstruction of any tower found to have been abandoned.”

“I think this is what she was wanting us to have,” DeRuntz said of the Jackson County ordinance’s provision.

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