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  • Letter to the editor: P&Z Board out of touch

  • I realized that some of the Planning and Zoning Board of Camden County is out of touch with the constituents they serve. For sure it is a thankless job and at times can be riddled with controversial issues. Saying that after attending a few meetings, I have come to realize at times members of this board don't really want to hear from the constituents of the county.
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  • *Editor’s Note: This opinion is in response to a news article titled “County leaders spar over revision process” by Amy Wilson published in the Feb. 21 Lake Sun.
     
    I realized that some of the Planning and Zoning Board of Camden County is out of touch with the constituents they serve. For sure it is a thankless job and at times can be riddled with controversial issues. Saying that after attending a few meetings, I have come to realize at times members of this board don't really want to hear from the constituents of the county.
    Last [Wednesday] night, one board member declared the process sometimes doesn't work, referring to Article 600 revisions that were tabled and no vote was taken.
    I would say that the “process” did work. The problem was the response from the public. The Article 600 revisions were written by certain P&Z board members, that were appointed by the P&Z board. The one set of P&Z board members presented the revised articles to the rest of the board and were pleased with the results. The problem was the citizens of Camden County were not pleased. So instead of voting no the board tabled the revisions and gave them to the commissioners.
    This is what was being referred to as broken. But it wasn't broken. This is the process in America. This is how government and government entities work. The public has the right to their opinion and sometimes the opinion is not the same as the public servants. I especially like the comments that were made that those who apposed article 600 revisions are to blame for the county losing money on lawsuits. As far as I know, the Prewitt lawsuit started before the public comment on the Article 600 revisions. So isn't it convenient to now blame citizens who are opposed to the 600 revisions.
    The other issue I have is the reporting in the Lake Sun. [Reporter] Amy [Wilson] was accurate on what happened at the last meeting but the reference to the Lake Area Conservative Club, and insinuating that the members of LACC are only in it for political purpose couldn't be further from the truth. I am involved with Lake Area Conservative Club, but before there was a LACC, I have been a Camden County resident for well over 30 years. I have property that is in the “planning and zoning” area. The revisions and rules passed affect me directly.
    Whether I agree or disagree, I am responsible for following the rules. The reference that I and other members are only involved for political purpose, diminishes what and why we are there. We are homeowners, taxpayers, residents and then members of LACC. We are concerned with what happens in our county. We want to be a part of the solution, but we get that our opinions are not wanted. We want to be able to have freedom to do with our land, what we want, and that doesn't involve government telling us how and what we are going to do. To a certain extent we do understand that some rules and regulations are necessary. But to claim that we have a political agenda is simply a tactic to negate the opinion of citizens who oppose certain revisions that are being put forth.
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