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City looks to rezone lot on Bybee Branch
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Chastain, Ryle

McMinnville officials have taken the first step in rezoning land on Bybee Branch Road to correct a mistake made by a Warren County official. 

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen met Tuesday and provided first approval for an ordinance to rezone 887 Bybee Branch Road and an adjacent land-locked vacant lot. Both are designated as residential-1 zones. If a second consideration ends positively, those lands will be reclassified to R-3.  

“For those that do not know, the property owners wanted to build a structure,” said Mayor Ryle Chastain. “They were led to believe this property was in the county. They went through the proper steps through the county to get the appropriate permits, but then they were told that the property is actually in the city.” 

Plans were to construct a barndominium, which is basically a large building with enough space for living quarters plus a shop, garage or workspace. 

Warren County government code inspector Rich Thompson gave the OK. However, being inside the city limits, the property is under the purview of the city’s Community Develop-ment Department. Construction did not meet current R-1 restrictions pertaining to setbacks from the property line. 

“They need to be 50 feet off their rear yard line;” said city planner Katie Kemezis. “They are 30 feet off of it.” 

The 20-foot difference would be corrected with rezoning.

Board members gave unanimous initial approval for rezoning 887 Bybee Branch Road and an adjacent land-locked property from R-1 to R-3. Being an ordinance, two passing reads are required.