June 4 - At this week’s meeting, the Board of Commissioners gave approval to adding a definition for “reference level” and “lowest horizontal structural member” to the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. Reference level is defined as the top of lowest floor of structures within Special Flood Hazard Areas designated as zone AE and the bottom of the lowest horizontal structural member of the lowest floor for structures within Special Flood Hazard Areas designated as zone VE; Lowest horizontal structural member is defined as the lowest beam, joist, or other horizontal member supporting a building (grade beams installed to support vertical foundation members where they enter the ground are not considered lowest horizontal members). The Board approved to exempt the following structures from maximum height limitations and allowed them to be built to the following within their zoning districts: Church spires – 58 ft.; Water towers - 160 ft.; Conveyors – 45 ft.; and Communication towers – 150 ft.
A preliminary plat was approved for 7 lots in the Phase I of the Hickory Ridge subdivision. The subdivision would be located on the east side of Ridge Rd. with the road being extended 500 feet to the north to provide access to the new lots and a small portion of a new road to be constructed at the northern end of Ridge Rd. will serve as a turnaround area until a future phase is developed.