Polk zoning changes

Published 11:56 am Wednesday, April 7, 2021

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County sets up workshops, public hearing for changes

COLUMBUS—Polk County residents will have a few opportunities to review and make comments on changes to several Polk County zoning ordinances. 

The Polk County Board of Commissioners met last week and approved an upcoming workshop, 2 public information meetings and a public hearing on the proposed ordinance amendments. 

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There will be a commissioner workshop on the draft changes at 4 p.m. on April 12; a public information meeting from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on April 19; a public information meeting from 5-6 p.m. on April 26 and a public hearing at 5 p.m. on May 3. All meetings will be held in the R. Jay Foster Hall of Justice, located on the second floor of the Womack building in downtown Columbus. 

The Polk County Planning Board has recommended the changes to the ordinances based on state statute 160D. 

Changes are recommended to the adult entertainment; flood damage prevention; mobile home park; planning board; planning board by-laws; sign; subdivision and wireless telecommunication ordinances. 

The county has the draft ordinances for review listed on the homepage of polknc.org. 

Commissioners heard from Polk County Planning Director Cathy Ruth at last week’s meeting regarding the draft changes. 

People can look at the drafts online. Ordinances marked in red are regulatory, discretionary or corrections and items marked in gray highlighted are planning board recommended changes.