Franklin County may try something new to encourage construction projects to finish within two years.
County building permits expire after two years but Jerrod MacPherson, county building and planning director, said there are frequent issues with projects that last much longer.
When that happens, neighbors often have become upset, he said.
Currently, a building official can use discretion to issue a six-month extension with no charge for expiring permits. A one-year extension costs a quarter of the original permit fee, MacPherson said. Anything beyond that results in a citation.
Commission Chairman Brad Peck suggested Wednesday that the county renew building permits for six months at a time and charge a quarter of the original permit cost for each renewal.
When it is interior work, the county could renew the permit as long as progress is shown for a $75 fee to pay for the additional site inspection, he said.
The change will be one of several updates to the county's building codes that commissioners will consider at their July 7 regular meeting. The rules are updated every three years.
A public hearing on the updates is planned July 7.
-- A 50-foot communication tower in north Franklin County now has county approval, despite already being built.
Commissioners unanimously approved a conditional use permit allowing PocketiNet Communications to build the tower.
PocketiNet Communications built the tower to offer broadband internet service in the North Franklin School District and Connell areas.
The tower is on 36 acres east of Lindner Road and north of Blackburn Road and is southwest of the southeastern most portion of Connell.
The tower was built without a building permit, said Greg Wendt, assistant planning and building director, which the company will have to get within six months.
"I'm not opposed to the tower," Peck said. "I wish they'd followed procedure."
The tower is not visible because of trees near it, MacPherson said.