Sooner than expected, the Camden County Commission sat down to discuss revisions to Planning and Zoning's Article 600. By unanimous vote, the commission decided to table Article 600.
"In my opinion, any forward movement is going to require extensive revision," Presiding Commissioner Kris Franken said. "It's not going to be a very quick fix if we do move forward with it."
Commissioner Bev Thomas echoed Franken's comments.
"I get why we are trying to do Article 600. Legal expenses are very expensive with planning and zoning and this would be a way that we could reduce our legal expenses with planning and zoning," she said. "Having said that, I think it is going to require a lot of revision to what we have been presented. I think it has become very divisive within the county and planning and zoning district."
Before the commission voted, Commissioner Cliff Luber read aloud a written statement which included, "Today, we the people of Camden County, have won. The faithful attendance and vigilance of the citizenry have been made their wishes known at every planning and zoning meeting and articulately spoke of their specific concerns. They have done their due diligence. Public comment in meetings is not about just citizens speaking before any particular board or commission. It is about them instructing their elected officials how they should proceed."
Luber continued to thank the citizens that made their voices heard during various public meetings.
Franken recommended that the commission not discuss Article 600 until it is modified and the commission feels as if it is appropriate to bring it back as old business. If Article 600 remains tabled indefinitely, then, the proposed changes will never go into effect.