January 27, 2016
In our January 14, 2016 blog we wrote about the text amendment that the 2 county attorneys were going to work on to have “special events” in the Agriculture district and present to the BOC on 2/1/16. The agenda for that meeting has not yet been posted; however, please make plans to attend.
One of the neighbors that lives near Bennett Cove has posted a petition, if anyone would like to sign it, to preserve our Agriculture area for the purpose that was set out in the Code.
TWG is reposting information about the AG district in Jasper County.
Jasper County’s code states in Section 119-194 says this about the AG district:
(a) The purpose of the agricultural (AG) district is to maintain an area of agricultural use and rural character within the county, to preserve a working agricultural economy and rural landscape in these areas, to conserve environmentally sensitive resources, to stabilize and protect single-family characteristics of the district, and to promote and encourage a suitable environment for family life.
(b) Application of this zone will ensure that the farming, pasture, and forestry uses, and the scenic values associated with these and the single-family residential character of these areas are protected from incompatible development that could result in the degradation of these values.
People have moved to Jasper County for a reason—and people that stay here have stayed for a reason. Peace and quiet and a rural atmosphere. People have horses, cows, dogs, and other animals in the Agriculture district that are also disturbed by loud booming music at 2:00 in the morning.
Everyone that lives in Jasper County should be concerned about the proposed text amendment. There may be a “special event” coming near you in the future if this passes. The citizens should have a say in what this code amendment says as well, not just Dr. Bennett who lives out of our county and wants to make money at our own citizens’ expense and misery.
This will be presented to the BOC on February 1st according to Shane Sealy; however, any code change has to have a public hearing and be read at 2 different BOC meetings before it can pass. Please be willing to let the commissioners know how you feel about this proposed text amendment and plan to attend the February 1st BOC meeting at 6:00PM.
Citizens, be informed and stay informed! Only by being informed can the citizens understand what is being done and talked about, and then press our officials to make good decisions for everyone in Jasper County. That is our goal with the Taxdogs blog.