In my opinion, not enough citizens of Camden County know enough about Article 600 to have an educated opinion regarding the broad ramifications that will affect them all.
We all need to be informed before this revision is enacted. I'm sure a copy would be available at the Planning and Zoning office. Please pick up a copy and get involved and informed before this is forced on all of us. I wish this newspaper would run weekly excerpts of all the language in this Article 600, so those who are busy could at least read it in installments and be at the meeting May 15 at 5:30 p.m. and challenge the approval at this time. I know most who work and have children and all of their daily activities don't have enough time to be aware of all the changes, penalties and the consequences associated with this Article 600 will have on their lives and property.
A little of the verbiage in Section 604-Procedures upon Discovery of Violation:
Paragraph 2. "THE" Planning Administrator (presently unknown, my words alone) shall determine in HIS sole discretion, the time frame in which a violation must be corrected by the violating party, but in no instance shall the initial correction period be more than ninety (90) days. The Planning Administrator may extend the correction period if the Planning Administrator, determines that the violating party has made and continues to make a good-faith effort to cure or otherwise correct the violation.
Paragraph 3. The final written notice of a violation (and the initial written notice may be the final notice) shall state what action the Planning Administrator intends to take if the violation is not corrected and shall advise that the decision may be appealed to the Board of Adjustment in accordance with Section 501.
Paragraph 4. Notwithstanding the foregoing, in cases when the delay would seriously threaten the effective enforcement of this Code or pose a danger to the public health, safety or welfare, the Planning Administrator may seek enforcement without prior written notice by invoking the penalties and/or/ remedies authorized in section 605.
Now I'm just paraphrasing, 1. Notice of Violation. The Administrator can issue a notice to all owners, occupants lessees and your mortgage holder and recorder of deeds.
Just paraphrasing paragraph 3. Violations of this code or failure to comply with any of these requirements could be punishable by a fine of $1,000 or maximum of one year in prison or both.
Also (paraphrasing), a different paragraph 2. whenever any act is prohibited or declared to be unlawful or an offense or misdemeanor or the doing of any act is declared to be unlawful or an offense or misdemeanor and no specific penalty is provided for the violation, upon a finding by the Commission or conviction of a violation of any such ordinance punishment shall be a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars etc. etc.
Page 2 of 2 - Section 605.100: Every Day a Violation. Every day a violation of this Code or any other ordinance or rule or regulation notice or order shall constitute a separate offense.
We need our existing laws enforced by the proper agencies, such as the horrible conditions of noise, raucous behavior and parking infractions being forced on our law abiding citizens by a few business establishments who continue to flout the law.
We need to be informed fully before we rubber stamp any new laws.