Stephens Co. Commission To Talk Land Use Today

Stephens County Commissioners are expected to decide whether to move forward with designing a land use regulation plan at their meeting later today.

During today’s Stephens County Commission meeting, the commission is expected to consider a request from the county’s Land Use Regulation Committee to have the county move forward with designing a Land Use Regulation Plan similar to Franklin and Madison counties.

The Land Use Regulation Committee voted 7 to 1 at a meeting earlier this month to make that request of the commission.

Committee member Cynthia Brown, who voted “yes,” says supporters on the committee feel the time has come to implement some type of land use to protect property owners from undesirable businesses. She adds that supporters feel Franklin and Madison counties are a good starting point because they have simple, flexible plans.

On the other hand, fellow committee member Brown Dean was the “no” vote against the motion.

He says that he is not against ordinances but is against agricultural zoning ordinances because he wants to protect local farms. According to Dean, zoning regulations can have serious economic consequences for a community and its farmers.

Commissioners will start at 5:30 p.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa.

Following public hearings on a proposed body art code and regulations ordinance and an alcohol license for the Calico Country store, commissioners will hold a work session to discuss the items on the agenda.

The business meeting to vote on agenda items will immediately follow the work session.

The commissioners’ meeting and work session are open to the public.