County building and zoning officials are concerned about what they say is unauthorized development in Holmes County. Holmes County Building Official Keith Bennett expressed his concerns to commissioners when the Board of County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday, June 18.

Bennett’s concerns centered primarily on what he called one individual’s “continued disregard for zoning and permitting requirements.” Cyril Paul Gazagnaire, a professional engineer, is allegedly placing travel trailers and mobile homes on multiple properties across Holmes County, specifically on County Road 177A, John Marsh Road, 3 Mile Road, and Joe French Road.

The issue came to the forefront when a prospective buyer was turned away due to the property being classified as non-conforming. Bennett reports that despite having previously discussed proper rezoning procedures with planning officials, Gazagnaire has allegedly persisted in violating regulations. Planning officials say they have made multiple attempts to address the situation, but their efforts have been met with ongoing non-compliance.

Gazagnaire is also accused of using fraudulent tactics, such as obtaining a permit for electrical work under the guise of irrigation, only to use the electrical supply to power multiple mobile homes on the property. It is further alleged that he is using a well pump for multiple dwellings, which building officials claim is illegal.

Bennett say the alleged violations have been occurring for over two years with no indication that Gazagnaire intends to comply with the regulations. 

“Given his professional background, you would expect him to show more professional courtesy and adhere to the proper procedures,” Bennett told commissioners, going on to state that efforts to have power removed from vacant lots were thwarted by the power company, citing liability concerns.

In response to the alleged ongoing violations, the commissioners agreed during the meeting to issue Gazagnaire a cease and desist letter as soon as possible to prevent further infractions. The board stated the action aims to uphold the county’s zoning and permitting standards and ensure compliance moving forward. 

Holmes County Advertiser’s attempts to reach Gazagnaire for a statement have gone unanswered as of the time of this report.

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