The Warsaw Planning Commission was held on February 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in Council Chambers at 78 Belle Ville Lane. Commission Members present were Chairman Gary W. Palmore, Vice-Chair Mary Beth Bryant, Julia Blackley-Rice, Jonathan B. English, Barbara Jean LeFon and Hannah O. Tiffany. Commissioner Faron H. Hamblin was absent.
Staff present was Joseph N. Quesenberry,Town Manager ,Lee H. Capps, Economic Development Strategist for the Town of Warsaw and Susan M. Pemberton. Others present were Sam Lantz of the Northern Neck News, Randy Passaaluppi, Wayne Mothershead and Frances Baylor.
Chairman Gary W. Palmore called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and led in the Pledge of Allegiance. Let’s all welcome and recognize the newest member of the Warsaw Town Planning Commission Hannah O.Tiffany.
The Town of Warsaw Planning Commission and Town Council are holding Public Hearings on Feb 1 and 8 respectively at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 78 Belle Ville Lane, Warsaw. The purpose of the public hearings is for considering a zoning building height amendment as proposed by the town staff.
Exhibit 6, Schedule of Bulk and Are Requirements of the DMO (Development Management Ordinance) would amend the maximum height of structures in zones R-12, R-18, C-1, C-3 to 45 feet. The existing maximum is 35 feet.
All parties in support of opposition to the proposed amendment shall have an opportunity to speak. Action by the Planning Commission and Town Council is expected to occur following the public hearings.
Randy Passaaluppi, Chief of the Richmond County Fire Department stated that he came to express his concerns as that the fire department does not have a ladder truck. This brings in a cautious approach with more than 2 stories and if people were asleep it is more dangerous on the 3rd floor to be accessible to in case of a fire. I am not saying not to do this but to have something in writing to state anything 3 stories or more to have a sprinkler system. I feel with a sprinkler system I would feel more at ease with that size of building in town.
Commissioner Blackley-Rice moved to approve the Agenda with deleting #5 Approval of November 2, 2017 Minutes as they were not available. Commissioner LeFon seconded and the motion with the following votes.
Chairman Palmore moved to approve to amend Exhibit 6 of the DMO (Development Management Ordinance) for Zoning Districts R-12 and R-18 to have to get a CUP to have a building 45 feet in height. Commissioner Tiffany seconded the motion with the following votes.
Joseph N. Quesenberry, Town Manager stated that the Capital Improvement Plan/Budget is part of the Planning Commission’s duties and then sent on to the Warsaw Town Council with recommendations. The town manager stated he will get with the department heads and then will bring to the Planning Commission the backup for the 5 year plan and budget for the upcoming year.