Planning commission looking at town limits

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By Stan Welch

The Williamston Planning and Development Commission is concentrating on tying up some loose ends before passing its recommendations on to the Town council for action. There are four different zoning maps for the town, with discrepancies that need to be resolved and the commission is looking at the town limits.

A quorum was lacking at the Commission’s meeting Tuesday night and the group did not convene; but Chairman Marion Middleton, Jr. briefed The Journal on the two matters facing the Commission.

In 1852 the founders of the town stood at a point somewhere in the immediate vicinity of the Mineral Springs and declared a radius of one mile all around to be within the town’s limits. Unfortunately, the current map does not reflect that, with a number of rough edges along the town’s limits, with intrusions of a block or more, or protrusions of a block or more existing.

There are four different zoning maps for the town, Middleton said. “We’ve reached the point where we need to report to the Council and pass this to them, because it is going to require some surveying to resolve these questions; and we as a Commission have no authority to spend money,” said Middleton.