Thursday, August 31, 2006

Tuesday's public workshop at P&Z

Didn't have an opportunity to post yesterday because of many meetings I attended, but on Tuesday I attended the 'public workshop', if you want to call it that, with the county P&Z commission. It was public, but there wasn't all that much working happening there.

Members of the public who wished to speak were given two minutes by the panel. Most folks had much more to say on their feelings of the proposed land split matrix. On many occasions the panel did have questions or were seeking further comments from the speaker.

Most in attendance were against the proposed land split matrix. However the commission continued to insist that they only proposed the matrix to use it as a guide to help them make decisions on whether or not to recommend a request for land division and/or rezone. And to my disdain some on the panel were basically saying that they thought the rights of the non land owner should supercede the rights of the landowner. NO... NO... NO!!!

What I mean is the example that one commissioner used was if a landowner wanted to legally split his property but his neighbors did not want to allow for a split, that the commission should consider the wishes of the non land owner. The key here is legally!! There, that is their guide. If it is legal the land owner should have his/her request granted.

The panel continues to say that this is about rezones and not about splits. But the matrix is for the division of minor LAND SPLITS!! And the commission has been using their made up guide (that elected officials have not given them the go ahead to use) to deny request for land splits.

Now, our Association (KGVAR) has submitted a draft resolution to the county. It was given to the County Supervisors and I know that P&Z staff has seen it. However no one from the county has shared this info with the P&Z Commission (the commission now has each their own copy). It really seems as if many on the commission are bowing to the P&Z staff and nothing more. Not all commission member, but enough to give me pause.

There is another public workshop scheduled for September 7th at 2:00pm at the county building in the auditorium again. I will once again attend and will ask that anyone who is in opposition to the proposed land split matrix attend and let your voice be heard. I think we still have a battle on our hands.

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