Letter: Commission vote requested

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To the Editor,

This letter is intended as a public request for action from our elected County Commissioners.

Please take positive action starting nowto protect land values and quality of life here in our county. Direct the Planning Commission to immediately begin developing enforceable land use rights and restrictions and report their progress publicly. What is the hurry? you ask. We have spent two years not addressing the issues regarding ‘land use’ in our county and the issues are growing. Our current county government by ignoring this growing situation gives most land owners cause for concern.

This is why, Tuesday, July 22nd I attended the Planning Committee meeting along with over 30 other county residents. Their primary concerns quickly became clear. It was the sudden appearance of a firing range in their rural neighborhood. They rightfully I think, contended that suddenly the quality of their rural life style and the dollar value of their property have been significantly reduced through no fault on their part. They wanted to learn why their county government had not acted to protect them. What they heard from the Planning Committee was a series of excuses that can be summarized with the phrase: We have no power.

For example: There are no existing land use nor zoning restrictions to prevent opening a business [firing range, quarry, halfway house]; creating zoning guidelines or restrictions is too complicated, expensive and time consuming; the Committee has no authority to develop zoning guidelines nor land use restrictions without direct authorization from the County Commissioners. And therefore, as the Planning Committee we could take no action to remedy the current situation. Over two years ago I went to another well attended Planning Committee meeting. That night the issue was the sudden appearance of two quarries just off the John Bragg Scenic Highway and their impact on the Arts Center and nearby property values. Commissioners, that was more than two years ago; the excuses offered then and those offered the other night were identical. That’s why as a property owner I am very concerned. We need to begin now to find our solutions. I’m confident a reasonable balance between land use restrictions and property ownership rights can be found. We all love this county!!

John Hackett
Locke Creek Road

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August 05, 2014 at 2:56pm
The solution is very simple and one that can be easily fixed in one day.


Elect people who will make a difference and who won't ignore the problem or in some cases blatantly not show up to a County Commissioners meeting because the district they represent has the gun range and they don't want to have to face the people they represent during an election year.

VOTE and let your voice be heard!
August 08, 2014 at 1:13pm
Excellent letter John Hackett. A call to action of the county commission. Will they respond?
And Corey, you are absolutely right. Despite the calamities of last evening, there appear to be a few new faces on the commission. Great job and hats off to the election committee and their support group.
August 10, 2014 at 3:30pm
Thank you Bonnie.

I have tried hard to make sure the Election Commission is drama free since the day I joined despite the naysayers who didn't believe it could happen.

Election night was something we did not expect when the lights went out, but in my opinion we handled it top notch.

The Commission has a big job on its hands and now we have to keep the expectations high and hold their feet to the fire!
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