By Ashley Rader
The Elizabethton Regional Planning Commission denied an appeal from a local developer to overturn penalty charges assessed to him for violations at a city construction site.
Daniel Lewis was issued a notice of violation on Oct. 25 for land-disturbing activities at 100 and 102 Tyler Drive. Lewis was found to be in violation of four city ordinances for a silt fence in disrepair, silt not being removed from the silt fences, erosion from roof runoff with sediment traveling to neighboring properties and sediment from the construction site accumulating in adjacent properties and off-site storm water structures.
Lewis was ordered to submit a compliance plan by Nov. 1 to detail how he planned to fix those issues. The plan was turned in Nov. 9, and fines were assessed for three charges totaling $2,250. The fines were from swale plan violations for 19 days; silt fence violation for 17 days and downspout plan violations for eight days. The fees were charged at $50 per day for each violation.