To the Advertiser-Gleam:
Thank you for your story about the Signal Point and River Pointe residents’ attendance at the March 8 Planning Commission meeting. There are a few inaccuracies in the story which I thought I would share on behalf of the Signal Point Alliance. The Alliance looks forward to seeing a follow-up story this week with the correct information.
- The 30-day timelines for submission of plats to be considered by the Planning Commission are not new rules or new procedures. The timelines have been part of the City of Guntersville Subdivision Regulations since their adoption on September 8, 1998. The regulations have not been adhered to by builders/developers nor enforced by the Building Department. Per Mr. Stewart White, Planning Commission Chairman, the Building Department and Planning Commission will abide by the regulations going forward.
- Please refer to the regulations below which references the Subdivision Regulations Manual. A link to the complete manual is located on the City of Guntersville website on the Building Department page.
Submission of the Sketch Plat shall be submitted to the Secretary of the Planning Commission no less than 30 calendar days prior to the next regularly scheduled Planning Commission Meeting.
Submission of the Preliminary Plat Shall be submitted to the Planning Commission Secretary or City Clerk at least 30 days prior to a regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting
These false statements were made by JCKS, Properties, LLC in the March 12, 2022, Advertiser-Gleam.
1. Property Line Encroachment
Per the survey submitted as the JCKS Properties, LLC Sketch Plat), there appears to be no encroachment of one home on another as stated by Mr. Wes Long.
2. Grandfather Clause Should Not Apply
The JCKS Plan does not meet City of Guntersville RS-1 Zoning Ordinances or Subdivision Regulations. The three cabins could be grandfathered if no changes are made. However, they would lose that status in the event changes are made such as lot line movement, adding driveways, etc. Also, the current JCKS Plan attempts to change the RS-1 zoning without a zoning change request.
3. Work Done to Existing Structures
Regarding the three cabins, Mr. Long stated renovation work is to be done to the existing structures, but then added nothing except painting. This is not true. JCKS has already done more work than painting inside and outside the structures. There are, and have been, contractors at work on the existing structures for weeks. The Signal Point Alliance has no concerns about the renovations. Only Mr. Long’s comment.
The Planning Commission Chairman, Stewart White, set the rules for speakers on March 8 since the public hearings were postponed at the recommendation of the city attorney, Mr. Dan Warnes because the city had not met the requirements to hold a public hearing. One speaker was allowed to present from each side of the issues for Signal Point and River Pointe. Mr. Long and I were the designated speakers for and against the JCKS Properties, LLC plan for Signal Point.
Mr. Lane spoke even though he did not have permission from Chairman White to speak that evening. He has repeatedly stated that, even though he does not have plans to build a marina, he has permitting to build one at the subdivision site. A TVA representative has confirmed no marina permit exists for this location.
All concerned citizens are encouraged to participate in the on-going Signal Point subdivision development. Your neighborhood could see the same issues with which the Signal Point community is involved.
On behalf of the Signal Point Alliance, we appreciate you shining light on stories important to the community.
All the best,
Margaret Finney Billingsley
Signal Point Alliance
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