After years of discussion, board passes subdivision law

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 27, 2001

Finalizing the work of several years, the Adams County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to adopt an ordinance that will govern the design of subdivisions and county roads.

Supervisor Virginia Salmon thinks it was past time for the supervisors to approve the much-needed ordinance.

&uot;It’s backward not to be implementing what you worked on three-years-ago,&uot; Salmon said.

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The supervisors held a public hearing on the ordinance last May and also met with realtors and local developers about the ordinance last October before unanimously approving it Monday.

The ordinance governs the dividing of land in subdivisions and requires standards for such things as grading, drainage and road surfaces on roads to be dedicated for public use.

Supervisor Lynwood Easterling, who pushed to get the ordinance passed last week, is also pleased that the supervisors finally approved it. This does not mean the ordinance can not be changed if needed, he said.

&uot;If it needs any fine-tuning you can always amend (it),&uot; Easterling said.

Adams County Road Manager Russell Dorris said having the ordinance in place would protect the investments of house owners in Adams County

&uot;They will be getting what they paid for,&uot; Dorris said.

And by making sure all roads meet certain standards, Adams County will not have to come back and spend extra tax dollars on roads not designed properly.

&uot;It will be a tremendous advantage for the taxpayers, the property owners and the future property owners,&uot; Dorris said.

This will also be good news for the reputable developers, Dorris said.

&uot;They will just appreciate the protection the county has afforded them,&uot; Dorris said.

Also during Monday meeting, the supervisors talked about another much-discussed ordinance governings antennae towers.

&uot;I’ll be glad when we finalize this,&uot; said Supervisor Thomas &uot;Boo&uot; Campbell. &uot;It’s driving me crazy.&uot;