Commissioners Thomas and Greg Hasty told Townsend they would need to review her complaint and discuss it with the P&Z employees before they could make any comment regarding the situation or make any promises on what actions would be taken.

The Camden County Commission has promised to review a complaint regarding the implementation of a Planning & Zoning Department policy and procedure regarding possible violations of the Unified Land Use Code.

Camden County resident and business owner Teresa Townsend addressed the commission Wednesday morning with a complaint that P&Z officials had not followed a policy passed by the commission in 2014 that required a signed and notarized complaint to start an investigation into a possible code violation. She said there was also a five-step process initiated by such a complaint that was also not followed.

The P&Z code inspector visited her property in the Sunrise Beach area recently to post a notice of violation over a project by the commercial building, an adult entertainment business, that had not been permitted.

According to Townsend, the project does not meet the definition of a building or structure under the code and so did not merit a construction permit. The inspector acted without a signed and notarized complaint and did not follow the proper process by completing an investigation and notifying the parties involved, she said.

While Townsend said the project was really none of the county’s business, she said the intent was to build a playhouse or other type of play structure such as a climbing wall for her grandchild. The structure is not permanently attached to the pre-existing concrete slab, said Townsend, and would be moved once her son bought property here.

Townsend also accused the P&Z Department of acting in a consistently contentious and retaliatory attitude and said she was tired of the “adversarial way” in which they operated - all of which could potentially turn businesses off the area.

According to First District Commissioner Bev Thomas, Townsend’s complaint was the first of its nature that Thomas was aware of.

It should also be noted that P&Z Administrator Kim Willey has filed a complaint about Townsend with the sheriff’s office over statements Townsend made via Facebook, which were reported by Willey as threatening.

Townsend also took exception to this, contending there was no real threat.

Commissioners Thomas and Greg Hasty told Townsend they would need to review her complaint and discuss it with the P&Z employees before they could make any comment regarding the situation or make any promises on what actions would be taken.

They said they would review the case this week and get back to her by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. Townsend has had past issues with the P&Z Office under a former administrator.