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Archive for Thursday, May 2, 1996

COMMISSION STALLS PRIVATE ROAD CONSIDERATION

May 2, 1996

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Douglas County commissioners decided Wednesday to delay their consideration of amendments to subdivision regulations governing private roads.

Commissioner Jim Chappell asked for time to confer with planning officials about the proposed amendments, which would require notification of nearby landowners and a public hearing when someone wants to build a new private road.

The commission has discussed establishing criteria to use in judging new private road applications, but Chairman Louie McElhaney said Wednesday that he wasn't interested in adding more requirements for landowners to meet when they develop their property.

``I think we have so many restrictions now,'' he said. ``We spend so much time making it difficult for people to do anything.''

Private roads became controversial last year in Douglas County when commissioners learned that they had no authority to let landowners put more than three homesites on a rural driveway.

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