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Chris Ryan has a simple response to people who insist Benton County is edging toward zoning property as it reviews and updates county planning regulations.

At A Glance

Planning Review

In 1998, Benton County adopted a comprehensive set of planning regulations entitled, “Regulations, Standards, and Specifications for the Subdivision, Conveyance, Development, and Improvement of Unincorporated Land in Benton County, Arkansas,” otherwise referred to as planning regulations or “The Blue Book.” The planning regulations address a range of development areas including subdivisions, commercial and industrial development, telecommunications towers and equipment, mobile home parks, development in floodplains and other activities such as tract splits and planned-unit developments to achieve orderly development that ensures protection of a safe living environment and maintains the rural character of the unincorporated county. The Benton County Planning Department is developing a second-generation set of planning regulations that seek to address a number of shortcomings and offer the following improvements:

• More user-friendly to customers.

• Much clearer and understandable and less confusing.

• Offer three tiers of commercial site plan review to better address the smaller customer with a minor development or use.

• Provide a clearer, more efficient appeals process.

• Establish a better grandfathering definition and criteria.

• Create an index and improves the table of contents.

• Establish a more logical structure than the current version.

Source: Benton County

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