Officials to explore land-use ordinances

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

County officials said they will explore the possibility of creating land-use ordinances aimed at unkempt and unsafe property in residential areas.

Chief Deputy County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman told fellow Land Use Committee members Thursday that several county residents have called her office with complaints about a neighboring property littered with trash.

She said the clerk’s office informs callers the county has no recourse because there are no zoning regulations in the county.

County Commissioner and land use committee member Tim Ashley said the county will have to start discussing policies to address residences that could be considered public nuisances.

“We’ve had folks that come in that take pride in their own property but yet may have a neighbor that takes absolutely no pride in their residence, and they’ve got junk cars stacked, terrible weed situations and all the trash,” he said. “And we don’t have anything to enforce that.”

Curry County Road Superintendent Danny Davis said the issue regarding implementing policies is enforcement.

But Lyman said having policies in place will help residents deal with their neighbors if they decide to take civil action against them.

She said most of the calls are in regard to older county subdivisions.

Ashley said the county has subdivision regulations in place with infrastructure requirements such as access roads and water lines.

“And now what we’re looking into is what happens to that property after it’s sold off, and things are constructed on it and that property is developed,” he said. “That’s where we don’t have anything right now.”

Fast facts
What: Land-use committee meeting

When: 10 a.m. Feb. 14

Where: Curry County Courthouse