The Elbert County Board of County Commissioners voted to continue the discussion on the Economic Development Zone Overlay at the Dec. 5 BOCC meeting, stating that changes made to the plan were not …
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The Elbert County Board of County Commissioners voted to continue the discussion on the Economic Development Zone Overlay at the Dec. 5 BOCC meeting, stating that changes made to the plan were not ready for approval yet.
The EDZ, which was designed to streamline the process for landowners within the overlay zone to rezone property from agricultural to commercial, has been a point of contention with some community members. At the heart of the concerns was the lack of public hearings necessary when properties are rezoned. Commissioners have sent the plan back to the planning commission twice, with recommendations for changes that would alleviate concerns of citizens.
“This has been in the works for almost a year and a half,” said Commissioner Grant Thayer. “I think we lost sight of what the original intent was, and an 87- to 88-page document grew out of control. We're addressing concerns and want to make sure we get it right.”
The BOCC will revisit the issue during the Dec. 19 BOCC Land Use hearings at 1 p.m.
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