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The Iredell County Board of Commissioners are looking into ways to make it possible for members to call in if unable to attend the meeting.

During the pre-agenda meeting, Commissioner Gene Houpe led the conversation about using technology to telecommunicate for a limited number of meetings per year, if needed.

“It will allow you to call in, participate and vote,” Houpe said.

The process would tentatively be allowed for two to three meetings a year per commissioner, with a majority still needing to be at the meeting.

That means no more than two people can participate remotely at one time, Houpe said.

The board agreed that the flexibility is appealing and that rules should be made so that this process could not be abused.

Iredell County Attorney Lisa Valdez will put together more guidelines for this process as the board continues to consider this measure.

It will be on the agenda for the next board meeting.

During the regular meeting, the commissioners held public hearings for three different rezoning requests.

All of the rezoning requests were unanimously approved.

One request was from Piedmont Landco, LLC, to rezone two parcels of land of approximately 33.5 acres along Houston Road. The company is managed by former city councilman Howard Bryan, who was in attendance.

“I don’t have any comments on this. It is directly across the street from the Lowe’s planogram building; some of you know that property on Houston Road,” Bryan said. “We do have a business that is poised to beginning construction in two or three weeks if the rezoning is approved.”

The request is to rezone the land, which is located in Mooresville, from Residential Agricultural to General Business.

Commissioner Ken Robertson inquired how the project would develop.

“Commissioner I think it is likely to develop into 5- to 10-acre tracts that should be about four to five businesses. All of the businesses on this property will access (it) by way of Houston Road,” Bryan said.

Bryan and Matthew Todd, the director of planning and development in Iredell County, said that residents in the area have not expressed any concern over the change in rezoning.

The other rezoning items included a request to release zoning and subdivision jurisdiction of two parcels totaling 4.43 acres to the Town of Mooresville from Joyce Johnson.

The final rezoning request involved a .87-acre parcel along Oakridge Farm Highway from Neighborhood Business (NB) to Residential Agricultural (RA) by John and Karen Michaels.

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