CHIPLEY - Washington County Planning Council approved the advertisement for a public hearing of a text amendment for neighborhood commercial uses when they met in regular session March 5.

The proposed amendment reduces the number of neighborhood commercial uses allowed in the agriculture/silviculture district and deletes commercial and office uses allowed in low, medium, and high density residential districts.

What that means should it be passed is there will no longer be office structures allowed in those areas. This does not apply to a business run out of a private residence.

This move comes after members of the board asked County Planner Steve Cramer to amend the text to remove un-needed uses.

The public hearing is set for April 2.

In other business, the council approved a land use change for 33.8 acres located at Bedie Road and Duncan Community Road. The land use changed from agriculture/silviculture to low density residential.

Another land use designation for 0.6 acre of land at 1497 South Boulevard from medium density residential to neighborhood commercial was also approved.

Planning member approved a special exception application to allow 7.4 acres of land on the west side of Highway 77, a tenth of a mile north of Clayton Road to be used as a residential area.

Washington County Planning Council will meet again in regular session at 5 p.m. on April 2.