What do you see as the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion?

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The re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, as required by state law, are con­duct­ing stud­ies and anal­y­sis of trends, do­ing fu­ture plan­ning, rec­om­mend­ing changes to the zon­ing or­di­nance, re­view­ing per­mit ap­pli­ca­tions for com­pli­ance with the com­pre­hen­sive plan, and prepar­ing the comp plan for ap­proval.

The com­pre­hen­sive plan is the heart of the zon­ing or­di­nance. It’s from whence the zon­ing comes. The com­mis­sion is charged with re­view­ing the plan and up­dat­ing it as nec­es­sary, mak­ing sure it is in keep­ing with the goals of the county. The plan is a liv­ing doc­u­ment — it’s not meant to be static. We need to be able to adapt with­out risk­ing our zon­ing.

It’s an ad­vi­sory board to the su­per­vi­sors. The plan­ners re­view the com­pre­hen­sive plan and zon­ing or­di­nances amend­ments brought forth by the su­per­vi­sors. In my mind it’s not the job of the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion to bring for­ward or­di­nance changes. That’s the job of the su­per­vi­sors and the county at­tor­ney. Quite of­ten the or­di­nance needs to be amended be­cause things have changed in Rich­mond.

The com­mis­sion is sup­posed to re­view the or­di­nance and make sure that per­mit ap­pli­ca­tions com­ply. It’s not whether you like the per­son or not, it’s whether what they want to do is cov­ered by the or­di­nance and fits into the comp plan.

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