Foster Named Chairman of County Commission

December 20, 2006
by: 
Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Commission Monday night unanimously selected County Mayor Mike Foster as the Chairman of the Commission for the year.

Seventh District Commissioner Larry Summers was named Chairman Pro Temp.

The chairman presides over all county commission meetings. The chairman pro temp fills in for the chairman in his absence.

In other business, the commission adopted two proposed amendments to the Subdivision Regulations on second and final reading upon the recommendation of the Planning Commission.

County Mayor Mike Foster says one of the proposed amendments pertains to the design and construction of new roads in subdivision developments and the other regulates flag lots \" Roads must have a thickness of asphalt binder of two inches. This new regulation would require a wearing surface of another one and a half inches at the final completion for a total of three and a half inches of blacktop.\"

\"Under the flag lot regulations, there must be a minimum of 50 feet road frontage and it cannot exceed 300 feet. Flag lots must not encompass 10% of the total development. This is to prevent someone from having so many flag lots to keep from building a road.\"

Another proposed amendment would revise the \"Hillside Development Standards\".

Foster says the proposed change is primarily meant to stop some lot developments on the lake that are actually too steep for development.

However no action was taken on that amendment Monday night. Foster says the Planning Commission wants to make some changes in the proposal. \"We had a meeting of the planning commission last Monday night and I think we have agreed there are ways to work out the problems we need solved. We will have a work session on that (issue) and we'll invite you (county commissioners) and the planning commission to that meeting to address it.\"

\"The problem of the real steep lots is that they don't provide adequate parking or sewer/septic system capacity. The planning commission will likely recommend that the homeowner be required to have a licensed engineer to lay out the foundation on lots with a 30% or greater slope.\"

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