Zoning boards and land-use officials across the state regularly set their regulatory sights on all manner of commercial activity and residential development efforts. The decisions they make aren’t always regarded with the highest esteem.
- The Giles County Commission wants to keep beer sales at a safe distance. (A certain county commissioner may be wishing they’d put the distance requirement on roving videographers, too, after things got spicy and dicey at the recent Pulaski chili cook-off.)
- The Oak Ridge City Council delayed a decision on whether to rezone a piece of land on the Oak Ridge Turnpike to allow for commercial development, even though businesses like Sonic and Dollar General already dot the area.
- There’s government infighting over a proposal in Cheatham County, where the Board of Zoning Appeals made an exception to the rule in allowing a mobile home on a 2.5-acre Joelton lot. The usual minimum is 5 acres for a lot without a public water supply, and Cheatham County Mayor David McCullough is appealing the decision.