Beacon Hill variance roils commission

Published: Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 10:08 AM.

Commissioner Ward McDaniel agreed, saying Smith was entitled to divide his property and sell one parcel to his son and the son was entitled to further divide that property.

“You misled us two weeks ago, you have a history of that,” Commissioner Carmen McLemore said to Commissioner Joanna Bryan, who asserted two weeks ago and again Tuesday that the variance is in violation of the county’s land development regulation.

She said the parent parcel in question had already been divided and further division by Smith’s son was illegal. She offered the specific section in the LDRs pertaining to such actions.

“This is a direct violation of the LDR and you continue to do this,” Bryan said. “This lot was not big enough to be divided. This is wrong and it is bad for the community.

“I am appalled.”

She said Smith would have to undertake a subdivision plat to conform.

While the BOCC could provide a variance based on hardship, she said any hardship was the result of Smith’s actions.

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