County moving forward with jail project

Jan. 20—ANDERSON — Madison County is starting the process to get property rezoned for the proposed new county jail in north Anderson.

The Anderson Plan Commission on Tuesday will consider two petitions filed by the Madison County Commissioners.

The meeting is at 4:30 p.m. in the council chambers of the Anderson City Building.

One petition is to rezone a portion of the property from to a new business zone that allows for the placement of a jail. The second is to create a plat map for the property to four parcels.

The property is currently zoned for residential and business use and Tim Stires, deputy director of the Anderson Municipal Development Department, said the property must be rezoned for business or industrial use.

He said the county must obtain approval for a preliminary and secondary plat.

Stires also said the Anderson Board of Zoning Appeals will have to approve a special use for the placement of the jail on the property.

He said the rezoning has to be approved by the Anderson City Council in two separate meetings that could take place in February and March.

The city council can't approve a rezoning ordinance at one meeting unless the council rules are suspended.

The Madison County Commissioners last year announced an agreement to purchase a 43-acre site on Broadway Street to the west of the Captain D's restaurant.

The purchase price for the site was $795,000.

The purchase is contingent on the county obtaining the necessary zoning and special exception.

Follow Ken de la Bastide on Twitter @KendelaBastide, or call 765-640-4863.