Changing Subdivision Jurisdictions

Houston County and Dothan city officials are coming to the end of a two-year disagreement.

Officials on both sides have been working to change subdivision jurisdictions within a five-mile radius of the city of Dothan.

Alabama state laws gives cities jurisdiction up to five miles outside of the city limits.

The issue came to the forefront after a property line dispute, where a fence was erected in Houston County to enforce a property line. At one time, the fence actually cut off a driveway, but then, the city and county began working together to come up with a long-term solution to the issue.

Dothan Mayor Pat Thomas said, "If we can get to where the city looks out for one area and the county looks out for another, then it will be easier and reduce red tape."

If the new plan passes, residents and homebuilders will find the process of building a home within five miles of the city limit much easier.

Mark Culver, with the CHMN Houston Co. Commission said, "What it comes down to is if you are going to develop a subdivision in the city of Dothan, then go city and outside you would go the county."

If the agreement goes into effect, regulations will not be less stringent. Homebuilders will actually be held to a slightly higher standard than some of the requirements are now.

If this process is approved, it will save homebuilders money and time because they won't have to get approval from both the city and the county.

However, at best, the measure won't be signed off on for several weeks.

If you would like to attend either the Dothan City or Houston County Commission meetings where this topic will be discussed, they are both taking place Tuesday starting at 10 in the morning.

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