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  • CUP approved for duplex construction

  • A conditional use permit to allow a duplex on a property zoned R-1 low density residential was approved by the Camden County Planning Commission Jan. 15.
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  • A conditional use permit to allow a duplex on a property zoned R-1 low density residential was approved by the Camden County Planning Commission Jan. 15.
    Applicant Karen Werner is expected to make another request for a CUP on a neighboring property zoned R-1 for the same reason.
    The properties, located in Horseshoe Bend in the Bittersweet Rd. area, had been unzoned due to confusion over the boundaries of the nearby Village of Four Seasons at the time that planning and zoning was implemented in the county's lake P&Z district.
    The planning commission voted in December to recommend R-1 zoning for the properties with the county commission expected to approve that recommendation Jan. 16.
    Werner had requested R-2 zoning during the case that was initiated by the county after discovering the unzoned property.
    R-2 medium density residential would have allowed townhome-type structures including tri- or four-plexes as well as duplexes.
    Zoning both the 1.4 acre lot and the 0.72 acre lot as R-1 limits the density to a single-family home or, with a CUP, to a duplex on each parcel.
    Werner said she currently plans to build a single-family home on the first tract — tearing down an existing duplex — but wants to keep her options open. This parcel was the one covered by the CUP issued Wednesday.
    The other tract has no improvements at this time. The case for it will likely come before the planning commission in February.
    A new rezoning case before the planning commission was tabled after opposition.
    Charles Shimer has applied to rezone 14 acres from R-1 to A-R agricultural residential.
    The property, which does not have any lakefront, is located on the private road Shimer Drive, located off of Westerner Rd. in the Sunrise Beach area.
    The stated intent, according to the county P&Z staff report, is to add another accessory building to the property for the storage of collectible vehicles. There is no house on the property.
    A-R allows accessory structures without a building that is the principal permitted use of the zone. In other words, R-1 requires a house to have an accessory building or a connection to a property with a house, such as many lakefront homes have a second tier garage.
    A few neighbors were concerned about the intentions to rezone such a large tract.
    According to P&Z Administrator Don Hathaway, the owner did not want to go to the expense of surveying and subdividing the property.
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