Proposed changes would term-limit planning commissioners

Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 02:22 PM.

CHIPLEY — The Washington County Board of County Commissioners held a public hearing Thursday to discuss proposed changes to the Land Development Code that would apply term limits to the county planning commissioners.

The proposal would also change the requirements for advertising planning commission vacancies, Senior Planner Mike DeRuntz told the commissioners.

“Resident Miles Anderson has proposed amending Land Development Code Section 9.02.04 Membership and Section 9.02.05 Terms of Membership of the Planning Commission,” DeRuntz explained. “He collaborated with Commissioner Alan Bush, County Coordinator David Corbin, and myself on the current form of the amendment.”

The proposals would limit any planning commissioner to a total of an eight-year term, including non-consecutive years of service. The term limitation would be retroactive, and a 10-year span is recommended between eight-year terms.

The proposed changes would also require vacancies on the planning commission be announced in a BOCC meeting, then advertised and posted for at least 30 days prior to a vote on a new commissioner’s appointment.

The proposals also require commissioners to be considered employees of the county, to fill out an application with the county each year and to have background checks performed on them.

Commissioner Todd Abbott asked DeRuntz what concerns he had about the proposed changes.

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