Proposed changes would term-limit planning commissioners

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

If the planning commissioners are not behaving in a respectful manner, the BOCC has the ability to correct that now, Ackerman said.

Finding volunteers to serve on the planning commission is not always easy, Ackerman added. “We have gone six months without members, and sometimes we wouldn’t even have a quorum.”

“I think we have been negligent in the past, but now that it has come to light, I think we are more prepared to have discussions on the planning commission selection process and term-limits,” Abbott said.

“There are term limits right now,” DeRuntz said. “The planning commissioners serve four-year terms that correlate with the term of the county commissioner they represent.”

Typically the planning commissioners are reappointed when the commissioners are re-elected.

Resident Jim Town suggested the board consider off-setting the terms of the planning commissioners and the county commissioners by a year.

“That way, if you have a new county commissioner, he has a year of experience when the time comes to make the reappointment. I would suspect that a new commissioner has a different perspective on things after having served on the board for 12 months,” Town said.

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