In an interview Thursday, Chairman of the Boonville Planning and Zoning Commission, Jim Hackman, sat down with the Boonville Daily News to discuss the Park Hills Minor Subdivision re-platting and the issues in the memorandum he sent to the Boonville city staff and council. In Hackman's memorandum he stated that the council lost focus on the issue of re-platting.
Hackman explained that the process in getting a project approved takes about two months, starting with an application to the city, ending with getting a building permit if there is building construction involved.
"The process starts at the city offices when you fill out an application for a minor subdivision re-plat. When it is presented to us it is never controversial, it's pretty basic. In this situation these buildings had a variance set-back. It is not a judgement call on anybody's part. If they meet all the basic requirements, we approve it in one meeting," Hackman said.
After the re-platting is read two times at the city council, it is passed and signed by city officials. The owners must then apply for building permits. This is when the building inspector sees if the building the owners are applying for will work in that zone. If requirements are met the inspector approves the building permit and then it moves on.
Hackman said in this situation, this was approximately a one acre lot with two existing buildings on it. These individuals wanted to buy this lot and re-plat it and re-subdivide it into approximately four quarter acre lots. He said that is all that the current individuals came to the commission for.
"When it got to the council level the issue was not the re-plating, the issue became the church buildings possibly being converted into duplexes and the possible future duplexes, which is where they went wrong. The future possible duplexes are irrelevant to re-plating. If this were a rezoning, this would all be relevant. If we are rezoning, we have to know that they will fit in the neighborhood. Since this was already an R-2 zone, the talk of these duplexes was irrelevant to us and should have been to them as well, but obviously it wasn't," Hackman said.
The Park Hills Minor Subdivision is the first project, 0to Hackman's best recollection, the city council had returned to the commission. Hackman said that the commission sent the project back to city council because it met all the rules and guidelines.
"The council wanted to change the focus to the duplexes, which is their right. But when you make that your focus on your vote on a re-platting, you may end up on a non-attractive side of litigation," Hackman said.