I have been reading with concern the stories of firings and demotions in the county planning department, changes to the planning and zoning appeals process, and the growing loopholes for building location permits.
Coming on the heels of a conversation with Commissioner Sudick regarding his disdain for the current codes, I am concerned that we are witnessing the unraveling of well thought out land use policies that protect property rights and our quality of life. I participated on a county task force a few years ago that crafted the current land use codes. Our broad-based citizens committee worked hard to strike a balance between private development, impact on neighbors and the public good.
As someone who loves this county, I appreciate methodical and thoughtful planning. I hope any additional changes in the land use and building codes will occur only after ample public notice and involvement.
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