December 5, 2017
Shane Sealy, P&Z director, has been meeting with the Chamber of Commerce for 10 months to plan and/or work on the special event ordinance, but did not ask for a work session with his own P&Z board before developing an ordinance and presenting it at a public hearing. The P&Z Board did not get a copy until Monday, only 3 days before the hearing.
Ten (10) months ago, a landowner on Millen Rd. was planning to have a motocross event on his property. It had been planned for several months and the Chamber gave its blessing hoping to bring in TOURIST! After speaking with Comm. Pennamon, David Dyer –Economic Development, and Pam Mayer –Chamber of Commerce in January 2017 about the event on Millen Rd., it was revealed that a county ambulance had already been requested for the event. For some reason the P&Z director, the BOC, Economic Development, and the Chamber of Commerce were going to let the event happen without notifying neighbors or following the codes, ordinances, and laws on the books.
At the public hearing last Thursday night, Tom Joye with the Chamber told how they had been working with Shane Sealy for 10 months, and how the county needed an event ordinance. He said they had talked about a dozen different ways with Shane. Mr. Joye lives in the north part of the county on the lake, not in the Agriculture district where these “special events” are being proposed.
It is sad when these things are worked on behind the citizens’ backs without any input from those that would be affected. The “motocross track” is the reason the Special Events ordinance was being worked on, but none of the neighboring property owners knew about it. It was planned so that the P&Z would hold a hearing and then immediately -4 days later- the BOC was set to hear it and vote on it. Thankfully, enough people found out about the proposal and spoke out.
It appears the P&Z may hold a work session and develop an ordinance—with public input.
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