Perth prepares commission to look at zoning in town

PERTH – Now that the town’s Comprehensive Plan is set, officials are looking to update its zoning laws.

The Town?Board unanimously approved the new Comprehensive Plan on Thursday. After the approval, the board announced it will create a town Zoning Commission to bring zoning in town in line with the plan. The Comprehensive Plan Commission will become the town’s Zoning Commission, the board said.

Ron Cetnar, who served as chairman of the CPC, said the commission took a long time to create the plan and thanked the town for approving it.

However, Cetnar said, the zoning needs to be updated to match the plan.

“The zoning law is from 1990,” he said.

Cetnar said a goal of the plan is to establish a town center that hearkens back to the community center of the 1800s.

The plan also eyes having more housing available in the town.

According to the plan, Perth has seen a 10.8 percent increase in occupied housing units over the last 20 years.

From 1990 to 2010, the number of occupied housing units, such as homes and apartments, increased from 1,041 to 1,461.

According to the comprehensive plan, from 1990 to 2010, the total number of owner-occupied units rose from 1,041 of 1,277 (82 percent) in 1990 to 1,270 of 1,540 (83 percent) in 2010.

Another idea commission members felt could benefit the community would be developing the former Tryon Youth Detention Facility property along County Highway 107 into the Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center, a plan that Fulton County is spearheading.

The redevelopment would have an enormous impact on Perth’s local economy, the plan noted.

“Redevelopment of the former Tryon site may also have impacts on population growth in the community, which in turn could affect commercial growth throughout the town,” the plan said.

Supervisor Gregory Fagan said the plan is impressive and hopes residents will learn more about it.

The plan can be found on the town’s website:

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