It has been approximately 14 months since Planning Director Randall Tyndall was asked to take a closer look at the current zoning policy and update it to prevent Duplin from becoming a dumping ground for dilapidated trailers.
Tyndall reported to county commissioners earlier this week with a draft, requesting a public hearing be scheduled for the new policy.
The need for such an ordinance was realized by commissioner David Fussell, who said he was traveling around the county he when saw the potential problem.
“I had gone around the county and noticed that folks were bring junk into the county,” he said. After talking with the Sampson County Planning Board, Fussell learned of their zoning ordinance. “So that started the discussion,” he explained.
Fussell concisely laid it out, “What we are trying to do is get our ordinance similar to Sampson, so if Sampson rejects the thing it doesn’t come over here. Right now you can put any piece of junk in Duplin County.”
A preview of the draft copy was provided by Tyndall. “It’s very similar to those counties surroundings us. It’s what I would call a blend between Sampson and Wayne. It’s not as strict as Wayne and not as lenient as Sampson,” described the director. “It just clarifies definitions, purposes and procedures.”
The minimum housing standards according to the draft would be enacted to “protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the county ... to establish minimum standards of fitness for the initial and continued occupancy of all buildings used for human habitation.”
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