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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.”

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