The Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners, in and for Gilchrist County, Florida, convened in a workshop meeting on February 28, 1994, at 2:00 p.m., in the Commissioner's Meeting Room at the Courthouse in Trenton, Florida, with the following members present to-wit:

Fred Wilkerson, Chairman

Wilbur Bush

V. C. Cannon

Jimmie Sheffield

Sue B. Suggs

Other persons in attendance were: Jackie R. Barron, Ex-Officio Clerk, Ted Burt, County Attorney, Sherree Pitzarell, Deputy Clerk, Carl Rehberg, Building & Zoning Official, Gene Parrish, Verna Mae Eady, Frank Grant, Jim Troke, and Sarah Collis, county residents.

Chairman Wilkerson stated that the reason for this workshop is to discuss the county's ordinances that relate to subdivisions and land development regulations, as well as to review and evaluate the need for some existing committees.

Mr. Frank Grant, local realtor, asked the Board for a definition of a parent tract of land. According to Mr. Burt, prior to November 14, 1991, a parent tract was defined as 20 acres or more. Since that time specific, a parent tract is any tract of land on record as it existed at that time, regardless of the number of acres. Mr. Barron added that a person can deed at least one acre to a child two time, without a variance to zoning or subdivision regulations.

A discussion then followed regarding subdivisions. Mr. Burt stated that 3 parcels greater than 10 acres and 2 parcels less than 10 acres will need a variance and a subdivision platted. Minor subdivisions are 3 lots or less and the preliminary plat process does not apply, only the final plat procedure. A major subdivision is 4 lots or more, requiring a preliminary plat and final plat process.

The Board discussed the road requirements for subdivisions, specifically the amount of footage required for a road. It has been determined that an existing county grade must have 32 feet of cleared right-of-way access into a subdivision. There followed discussion of whether the access road should be included when figuring acreage, with the consensus being that it should be included.

The Board discussed the new building code for wind load calculations for new residential and commercial construction. Mr. Jerry Ingram, county resident, stated that he felt the Building Department should provide written information regarding this code so that builders could comply. The Board discussed whether this code should apply to residences in our county since we are not a coastal county. Mr. Burt stated that each county adopts its own codes, and Gilchrist County adopted the Southern Building Standards in 1975, by ordinance 75-01. Since that time, the Board has adopted ordinance 80-03, which amended the electrical portion of the standards. It appears that our Building Department has been using the Southern Building Standards as revised in 1991.

The Board discussed the need for various committees and determined that the Transportation Advisory Committee had served its purpose and could be eliminated. Mr. Burt stated that he would send letters of appreciation to those committee members from the Board.

There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Suggs, seconded by Commissioner Cannon, and unanimously approved.