Stephens Co. Land Use Committee Meets

The Stephens County Land Use Regulation Committee continues to gather information.

The committee met again Monday at the historic Stephens County Courthouse in downtown Toccoa.

During Monday’s meeting, the committee heard from Martin Mayor Don Foster about what is taking place in his town.

Stephens County Administrator Phyllis Ayers said it was an informative meeting.

“One of the reasons they had asked Don to come and speak was all the things Don is doing in Martin,” said Ayers. “We talked about the zoning that he has in the city of Martin and some actions and they have gone through in looking at land use problems in that area.”

The committee has also asked to meet again with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia regarding what help it could provide, as well as trying to set up a meeting to talk with the Georgia Farm Bureau on the issue.

Ayers said the committee has expressed a desire to have outside help to determine how to move forward.

“This is a very complex subject and it affects so many people in the area that they do want to have something positive come out of this to help with our growth in the future,” said Ayers.

The committee has tentatively planned to meet again later this month.