Archive for Thursday, October 29, 2009

County clarifies permit, private road issue

October 29, 2009


Douglas County commissioners this week were forced to take action on an issue originally decided 11 years ago.

Commissioners approved a resolution Wednesday that would allow the county to issue building permits to owners of existing houses that are on private roads in the county.

The county prohibited construction of a private street or road after 1998.

But according to county staff members, because of differences in interpretation of the new definition of a private road, numerous building permits were granted later for single-family residences on roads the commission had not formally approved.

The issue came up recently, and commissioners wanted to make sure the policy did not create problems for people who wanted to make improvements to their existing homes. So the county retroactively approved all existing private roads.

Linda Finger, the county’s planning resource coordinator, said it would likely affect less than 20 homes in the county. Commissioners Jim Flory and Mike Gaughan supported the resolution. Commissioner Nancy Thellman was absent.


hipper_than_hip 8 years, 6 months ago

Isn't Comton in the city limits? I'm thinking more of the private road that Steve Schwada lives on.

imastinker 8 years, 6 months ago

Maybe you can explain to me how this affects you guys?

This likely came up because the county requires a minimum road frontage, so private roads are put in to allow access to parcels of land that are not otherwise accesible. Would you rather the county pay for roads for one house to be put on?

hipper_than_hip 8 years, 6 months ago

The county says you can only have serve one house per driveway, unless you're in a platted subdivision. But if you turn a public road into a private road, which in effect makes the once public road into your private driveway, you can serve more than one house on that driveway. Turning public roads into private roads was a way to get around the county subdivision regulations, and all the costs that would entail.

Keith 8 years, 6 months ago

All this proves once again, it's easier to seek forgiveness than ask permission.

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