Collegedale Commission Abolishes Board Of Zoning Appeals

Monday, January 6, 2014 - by Gail Perry

The change to an ordinance that was first announced by Mayor John Turner on Nov. 11 was finalized at the Collegedale Commission meeting Monday night. On second and final vote, the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals was abolished and the responsibilities transferred to the Collegedale Planning Commission.

The action was prompted by a conflict that was brought before the commissioners. It was claimed that a resident of the city had been continually encroaching upon land owned by her neighbor. A driveway and multiple buildings that extend over the property line had been built with variances approved by the BZA. At that time, the mayor told the commissioners that the BZA was out of touch with what the city was trying to accomplish by continually over-riding ordinances they had passed. He then informed them that an ordinance was in process of being drafted which would do away with the BZA.

This ordinance was passed on first reading at the Dec. 16 commission meeting and was unanimously approved on second reading Monday night.

Vice Mayor Tim Johnson relayed complaints he had heard about garbage pickup schedules being unknown during holidays. Although public works schedules are posted yearly for all holidays on the city’s website, Mr. Johnson led a discussion of how to improve communication with citizens. In addition to using the website, another method discussed was for citizens to register with the city for notifications by smart phone of variations to the regularly scheduled services.

Mr. Johnson also asked City Manager Ted Rogers to help with the problem intersection of Edgemon Road at S. Lee Highway. Mr. Rogers said he has been in discussion with TDOT about the traffic there and the difficulty of entering Lee Highway. Application for a traffic light has already been made. The signal may be provided by TDOT with no cost to the city as an intersection improvement, he said.

Mayor Turner told Commissioner Larry Hanson, who is in charge of the Collegedale recycling center, that five new volunteers have been found to man the operation. The new hours for recycling are from 4-6 p.m. on Sundays.

The next meeting of the Collegedale Commission will be Jan. 20 at 6 p.m.


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