Planning Commission discusses Land Use Map

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 11:21 AM.

CHIPLEY —Senior Planner Mike DeRuntz presented the Future Land Use Map and a number of amendment requests by landowners to the Washington County Planning Commission on Tuesday.

“These property owners would like to see changes to their properties, and although we have discussed these in workshops, we need a motion from the board before we can do anything,” DeRuntz said.

Most of the properties are small areas, ranging from 1.07 to 5.13 acres, seeking usage changes from agricultural/silvicultural to either commercial or low/medium density residential. Three of the requests are for parcels of 160, 160 and 237 acres.

DeRuntz said the landowners had requested that as the county’s map was being updated, the usages of their properties be changed to reflect their requests.

Typically a property owner goes before the commission and requests the usage to be changed, and pays a fee of $750 to $1,500 depending on the size of the parcel, DeRuntz said.

In 2012, DeRuntz held six public hearings at different locations around the county, and that is where he received input from landowners.

“We were just given the requests to take into consideration,” DeRuntz said. “It doesn’t mean we have to change them.”

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