Land Use Regulation Committee Meeting Tonight

The Stephens County Land Use Regulation Committee will meet tonight for the first time since county commissioners gave the go-ahead to design a land use regulation plan for commissioners to consider.

The committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa.

Last month, Stephens County Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with the design of a land use regulation plan similar to Franklin and Madison counties.

As part of that motion, commissioners tasked the committee, with the help of the Carl Vinson Institute at the University of Georgia, in designing that plan that will be considered.

Fourteen individuals make up the Land Use Regulation Committee, which began meeting last year.

The sitting county commissioners last year appointed the initial ten committee members. Each commissioner at the time appointed two people to serve. Then last month, the committee added four new appointments, two each for new Commissioners Dennis Bell and Debbie Whitlock, who did not have appointments to the initial committee.

No timeline has been set for completing a proposed plan, but county officials have said that there will be plenty of opportunities for public input on any plan that is proposed before a final vote is taken.