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Commissioners are dodging the Comprehensive Plan. They want us to believe this is because the plan will stop development, but these are the facts: Last January, they voted “on our behalf”’ to approve language in the Comp Plan that doesn’t stop development.
Nine months ago, they approved certain development policies that give the county a road map to the future.
They are to be congratulated for hiring a development director with the credentials to lead us through this quagmire. But even the smartest and best employees cannot go on to make our county great. Why? Because there is a lack of guidance. Thankfully, the three commissioners who have consistently avoided providing this guidance are leaving.
It will take someone like Jenny Brock to implement some of the milestones described in this road map. She attends commission meetings, knows the issues and has experienced this lack of guidance. For example, she has asked the commissioners when a stormwater management plan would be put into effect, but has never gotten an answer.
How many of you were flooded, or are still flooded, even though you don’t live near any creeks or rivers? Jenny Brock knows that a stormwater management plan is necessary for good development. She has seen how the water runs off a neighbor’s lot onto the adjacent one. Fill dirt was allowed because there is no stormwater management plan.
Jenny Brock has the ability to guide the planning process so property doesn’t flood every time a bad development decision puts us in jeopardy.
The rains will stop, but they’ll be back. We need Jenny Brock to fix what should have been done years ago, and to lead the county commission by providing guidance to our highly qualified employees.