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  • Our view: Let planning commission do their thankless jobs

  • A functioning planning and zoning system is crucial, especially in a first class county where development is beginning to show signs of recovery.
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  • A functioning planning and zoning system is crucial, especially in a first class county where development is beginning to show signs of recovery.
    Unfortunately, it seems the recent debates and clashes over particular planning and zoning issues has taken its toll.
    Soon, Camden County will be without a professional planning and zoning director.
    Again.
    The position has not been without controversy in the past. Since its inception in Camden County, the planning and zoning department has seen what might be best described as a revolving door as leadership changes every few years.
    With each change, the risk increases for gaining a reputation as a difficult place to work and do business.
    The one constant throughout all the changes seems to have been a dedicated planning and zoning commission. While we don't always agree with the decisions of the planning and zoning commission, we do believe that their decisions are based on what they believe are the best interests of the those in the Camden County Planning and Zoning District.
    Unfortunately their efforts are being compromised by personality conflicts among elected officials and special interest groups who are disrupting the process.
    We recommend everyone take a step back and let the planning and zoning commission do their job.
    The dysfunction that has resulted from months of debate could very well make it difficult to attract a pool of qualified candidates for what is a critical position for the future growth and economic development of Camden County.
    Sometimes, whether we like it or not, the way forward is compromise.
    This seems to be an opportune time to find a compromise and begin righting the damage that has been done.
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