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Subdivision regulations have neighborhood on hold

By By Lisa Tindell
Local developer Mason Fleming explained his position and asked questions of the Escambia County Commission Monday as he brought up issues surrounding the sub-division of property he owns on Snider Road.
Fleming, who has recently purchased more than 100 acres in the county, addressed commissioners to ask for a variance to the subdivision regulations currently in place for the county. He said he was not aware of regulations required when building a road on the property until the work had already begun.
Fleming’s concern is over the regulations as they were put into place by the commission in June 2007. Those regulations should be “watered down” to suit the purpose for which the roads are intended, he said.
County Engineer Bill Bridges said the regulations were put into place to ensure the safety of county residents in any area.
Commission Larry White said the regulations are up for consideration at any time and the county is willing to sit with Fleming to consider all options.
Bridges told Fleming he could submit a request for a variance in the regulations and they would be considered.
In other business, the commission: