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County approves junkyard definition

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By Jeff M. Hardison

BRONSON - The first of two public hearings for the approval of amendments to land development codes went smoothly Nov. 6, although one businessman from Williston objected to one revision.

The next hearing is set for Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the Levy County Commission meeting room. Amended sections include definitions for junkyards, gas stations, service stations, automobile service and repair, and automobile paint and body.

Bill Oliver said the county should have left the rules related to junkyards as they were. He bought a junkyard in Williston and is involved with recycling and salvaging metal. By the county permitting junkyards in land zoned for industrial uses, rather than having it as a special exception in commercial-zoned property, Oliver said he thinks the county will cause an increase in junkyards.

He bought his junkyard knowing that these businesses could only exist with a special exception in property zoned for commercial use. This amendment, he said, opens the door for more junkyards to start with greater ease.

Levy County Building and Zoning Director Rob Corbitt said there is so little industrial-zoned land in the county that he does not believe junkyards will pop up everywhere.

Chiefland annexed about 1,000 acres of land that was zoned for industrial uses, Corbitt said, and that leaves only about 200 acres of industrial zoned property in all of the unincorporated part of Levy County.

County commissioners unanimously approved the first of two public hearings for amended land development codes at the Nov. 6 meeting.