What’s the most ur­gent is­sue fac­ing the county now?

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I be­lieve the county is fac­ing devel­op­ment chal­lenges not en­vi­sioned 30 years ago when the zon­ing or­di­nances were adopted. There needs to be a thor­ough re­view of the zon­ing or­di­nances, based on anal­y­sis of the cur­rent land-use trends. And we need a more de­tailed com­pre­hen­sive plan that is based on com­mu­nity in­put.

The pres­sures I fore­see are from devel­op­ment and change. We need to be pre­pared for more pres­sure on our zon­ing or­di­nance po­ten­tially from de­vel­op­ers and their de­sire to change the land­scape. We need to be look­ing ahead five, 10, 20 years out.

I’d say plan­ning for the changes that we’re ex­pect­ing, such as land-use is­sues and main­tain­ing our open spa­ces.

The most ur­gent is­sue fac­ing the county now is to re­view the zon­ing or­di­nance, which hasn’t been done since 2004. An­other is­sue is en­force­ment of the or­di­nance. Why have an or­di­nance if you’re not go­ing make peo­ple com­ply with it?

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