Hustonville citizens speak against countywide P&Z

December 03, 2003|EMILY BURTON

HUSTONVILLE - A detailed planning and zoning plan for Lincoln County is weeks away from a first reading, but some citizens of Hustonville are already starting to rally against it.

"Hustonville has taken on a little growth. But I feel like if planning and zoning come along, they're going to leave. They're not going to want to pay for this or another (permit)," Linda Russell, speaking as a citizen and a member of the city's 2004 festival committee, told the City Council Tuesday night.

Russell said the committee is worried the new plan will limit its choices when hanging Christmas decorations in the town.

Council member Hank Smith said even if Lincoln County Fiscal Court passes the planning and zoning plan early next year, it will not apply to the city.

Several years ago, former mayor Eugene Hafley voted to not include Hustonville in the countywide project.

That plan has grown to fill 82 pages, finalized by the Lincoln County/Cedar Creek Planning and Zoning Committee several months ago.


It is now being reviewed by the magistrates of the Fiscal Court, who are close to holding a first reading.

To the best of their knowledge, council members said Hustonville is the only town in the county not included in the plan.

Judge-Executive Buckwheat Gilbert was scheduled to come the meeting to discuss the possibility of Hustonville accepting the county's planning and zoning plan, but was unable to attend.

He is expected at the January meeting.

"All I ask is, those who are opposed to it, hear the man (Gilbert) out," said Smith.

Smith said he is concerned that citizens don't want to see the town cleaned up and property values stabilized at what they should be.

"It's going to be a shame if we're the only community in Lincoln County without planning and zoning," said Smith.

"Why do you want to have permits for everything, instead of going to that business and saying, 'look, you got to clean it up?" said Bill Asbery.

"What you're about to do is stifle growth in this end of the county, more than it's been now."

Mayor Larry "Pup" Doss said he would listen to the citizens' complaints and put the issue on a ballot if necessary.

"The people of Hustonville and Moreland feel like it should be put to vote," said Doss.

"My position is it's going to take a lot of our freedoms away," said Police Chief Fred McCoy, who said he was speaking out as a citizen, not an official.

"I only own a little acre, but I don't want to have to get a permit to put a stopper in my commode!"

The Hustonville council will reconvene Jan. 6 to hear Gilbert speak on the issue. The meeting is open to the public.

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