Proposed changes would term-limit planning commissioners

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

“I believe the time needed for getting a new person up to speed on the planning commission takes time,” DeRuntz said. “With term limits, we would be losing that institutional knowledge every eight years.”

DeRuntz also said he thought the 10-year span between service was excessive.

“We have criteria for selecting board members in place,” DeRuntz said. “If the board doesn’t feel as if that criteria is working, they can certainly change it.”

Currently, county planning commissioners serve to represent the district of the county in which they live, and their terms run concurrent with the county commissioner who represents their district.

“I came before the board several months ago to address this problem with the planning commission,” Anderson said. “It wasn’t just me who worked on this proposed legislation, it was also Mr. Bush, Mr. DeRuntz and Mr. Corbin.”

Anderson said he appreciated Corbin’s assistance and his willingness to address problems. “Thank you, Mr. Corbin, for rising up and dealing with the issues.”

“I felt during our meeting that you were in favor of these proposals,” Anderson told the commissioners. Anderson said he had been mistreated by the planning commission earlier this year when he was seeking a zoning change for a property that was under consideration as a potential new location for the AmVets lodge.

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