Thursday’s 2050 Plan discussion began with an hour-long presentation of the details of the plan, followed by an hour discussion on the “transferrable development rights” section. What followed was an hour and a half of anonymous questions from the standing-room only crowd in Mansfield and answers from officials working on the plan. The questions and answers are presented in a Q&A format. To watch the meeting in its entirety, visit www.covnews.com Q: Why not pass it via referendum?
A: Caleb Racicot, TSW planners: “In the state of Georgia, we have what is called the Zoning Procedures Act, which actually makes that illegal.” Voters can hold a referendum, but the county and cities must still adopt the rules, and no zoning referendum can be binding. “It is only advisory. There is nothing under state law that says you can approve zoning via referendum.” Q: What about straw polls?
A: Hunter Hall, chamber of commerce: “That’s why we’re having five public meetings around the county. … This is exactly what we want.” And the meetings have already borne fruit, he said: “Without any hesitation, the 20-acre minimum is not an option.” Q: Who had input on the plan?
A: Hall: Probably 200 people over nine years. “Is that sufficient?” No, someone answered. “Bingo. That’s why we’re here.” Q: “I don’t think you’re hearing that we don’t want it at all.”
A: Hall: County commissioners represent the entirety of the county. District 1, where Thursday’s meeting was held, is just one district. “The elected officials have to take into consideration what you here in District 1 feel passionate about and balance that with District 2 (and) District 3; they have to make that decision as a whole.”