Planning and zoning issues divide Hustonville

September 12, 2004|EMILY BURTON

HUSTONVILLE - Mayor Larry "Pup" Doss would like citizens of Hustonville to decide by ballot the fate of planning and zoning in city limits and has called a special meeting to discuss the topic for 7 p.m. Monday at City Hall.

Having rejected the invitation to join Lincoln County's countywide P&Z ordinance when it was adopted last year, Hustonville City Council members have been at odds over the issue ever since.

During past meetings, the small city hall was packed to overflowing with citizens for or against planning and zoning. Last month, a first reading was held of an ordinance to set in motion Hustonville's joining the county's planning and zoning regulations.

A second reading of a proposal to join with the county ordinance came during Tuesday's council meeting and a roll call vote was taken. Council members Robert Hicks Sr. and Jimmy Lane voted against the motion, with Cecil Maddox, Benny Burris and Gary Lynn voting in favor. But the proposal was then vetoed by Doss, the mayor said Thursday.


Since the vote was 4-2 -- not a unanimous vote or a stronger majority of 5-1 -- Doss said he was able to override the decision. City attorney Carol Hill was present during the meeting, but couldn't be immediately reached for explanation of the veto legalities.

Doss said he used his veto power because he believed planning and zoning shouldn't be forced down people's throats.

"I think the people of the town ought to have a little say so," Doss said Thursday. "Let the people have their say at the voting pole."

Doss said he also believed the proposed P&Z ordinance would hurt the less wealthy of the city, many who had showed their trust in him by electing him mayor.

"Why don't we put it on the ballot and let the people vote," Doss said.

County Planning and Zoning Attorney Daryl Day said he hadn't heard of a city putting planning and zoning on the ballot. Usually the adopting agency, such as a fiscal court or a city council, approves or votes down the ordinance itself, Day said.

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