"I can tell you that right now a zoned lot in Stanford is selling for more than one outside the city limits," said Gambrel.
Stanford and Crab Orchard have already adopted city-wide planning and zoning, pre-dating the new ordinances. County-wide zoning will give non-incorporated citizens the same rights, such as to defend their property against unwanted, industrial neighbors, said Rhonda Brown, County Administrative/Enforcement officer and certified building inspector.
If a property owner has a complaint about a building or business going in their back-yards, they now have specific laws to use in the protection of their property, said Brown. "Now they have a right to say what is built beside them." Other major regulations of the ordinances include basic sewer system requisites, roadside frontage requirements for residents and standards for mobile homes.
Under the ordinances, no building can be occupied without a water supply and sewage disposal system, which must be approved by the Lincoln County Health Department. If public water and sewer mains are accessible, the building must be connected to them. No subdivision plat will be approved without a certificate of approval of proposed water and sewer facilities.
Residential buildings must have 75 feet of public road frontage if using a private sewer system, 60 feet with a public sewer.
Mobile homes must be built after the Federal Mobile Home Construction and Safety act, after June 15, 1976, or must be upgraded to receive certification seal. Mobile home lots are restricted to a minimum of one acre in the county or can be placed on a smaller, permanent foundation in a mobile home park. Wheels and other mobile parts of the home must be removed and a skirt must enclose the bottom perimeter of the home.
Also, all private swimming pools must be covered or be enclosed by a gated, 4-foot fence to prevent children from falling in or swimming without permission.
Any structures or lots currently on record, but not in compliance, have been grandfathered into the ordinances, and will be considered compliant.
All planning and zoning ordinances are public record and can be obtained at the old Kentucky Utilities Building, county inspector and construction office or by calling (859) 365-4507.