Planning Commission discusses Land Use Map

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

Commissioner Tonya Pippin, serving as chairwoman at her last meeting as a commissioner, said she was concerned with changing the usage without following the proper procedure.

“I feel like if we do this, then we should request that the adjacent landowners are notified of the pending changes.”

“I understand making changes to make corrections, but we’re not changing things just to change them,” Commissioner James Ussery said.

“I would be concerned with them making those changes and knowing they are going to sell the properties,” Commissioner Jim Ackerman said.

“We shouldn’t consider the economic value of the property,” DeRuntz said. “We should be concerned with the usage, and whether or not that usage is applicable to that property.”

“The process of correcting the map is administrative,” said Jim Town, a local real estate broker. He said coloring in the map for future use doesn’t change the fair market value of the property or affect the county’s tax base, but the process protects the county in the future from zoning deviations, and can drive growth in critical areas.

“You’re the gatekeepers for the future of the county,”  Town said. “That is the most important function that the planning commission does.”

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