The Somerset County commissioners are revising the county's subdivision and land development regulations to make them easier on developers.
"It is just minor changes to make it easier for people to build homes and garages on their property," Commissioner John Vatavuk said.
The proposed revisions are in response to concerns voiced by engineers, developers and residents at a Jenner Township meeting last year, according to Commissioner Pamela Tokar-Ickes. It was reported that the group told county officials that government regulations were strangling their efforts.
"We are trying to get out of the way of development," Tokar-Ickes said. "We can't do anything about state and federal regulations."
A public hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. March 18 in the Somerset County Office Building along North Center Avenue in Somerset. The subdivision and land development regulations and proposed changes are available on the county website at www.co.somerset.pa.us.
"We are pleased to take the lead in this initiative," Tokar-Ickes said.
Somerset County last updated its Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance in 2004 with restrictions on wind turbine and tower development.
In other business Tuesday, the commissioners approved a federal-aid bridge project reimbursement agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for the preliminary engineering phase of the rehabilitation of Keafer Hill Road Bridge over Bens Creek in Conemaugh Township.
The commissioners agreed that The EADS Group of Somerset will perform the engineering. The reimbursement for the first phase of the project is about $50,000. The county will be reimbursed for the project with state and federal funds.
The commissioners also authorized the Somerset County General Authority to buy Advanced Composite Technology's right of occupancy of a hangar along Runway Road at the Somerset County Airport.
The county owns the land on which the hangar is located. Tom Wright's business has occupancy rights to the hangar until 2035, when those rights are slated to revert to the county. The commissioners' action speeds up that transaction by 22 years.