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Zoning definition of ‘family’ expanded

Pulaski County families who want to include aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews as part of a family subdivision can now do so.
Community Development Director Shaun Utt said a number of people have come to the county planning office looking to sell or gift a subdivided piece of property to an aunt, uncle, niece or nephew, only to be disappointed to find out they cannot do so under the provisions of a family subdivision.
Until recently, such relatives were not included in the definition of ‘family’ in the Pulaski County Zoning Ordinance. As a result, those wishing to deed a parcel of land to a relative that was not an “immediate family member” had to subdivide the property under a different subdivision category, which carries more stringent requirements.
At its recent meeting, Pulaski County Board of Supervisors voted to expand the family definition to include “any person who is a natural or legally defined offspring, spouse, parent, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew of the (property) owner.”
No one spoke for or against the definition change during public hearings held before supervisors or Pulaski County Planning Commission. The planners recommended approval of the change.

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