Commissioners vote to approve Land Use Planning Commission Ordinance PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:00
    The Washington County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on August 5 with all members present except Lana Sullivan.  The minutes of previous meetings, payroll, and all claims were approved unanimously.
    In a 2-0 vote, Commissioners David Brown and John Mishler approved an ordinance creating a Land Use Planning Commission for Washington County.  According to Mishler, such action must either be approved unanimously by all three Commissioners at a single meeting or by two of the three at two consecutive meetings.  The next scheduled Commissioners meeting is Wednesday, August 19.  A public hearing on the subject will be held that evening.
    A lively discussion between the Commissioners and members of the public ensued over the issue of land use planning with both Mishler and Brown stating that they ran on platforms of supporting the concept and intended to see that it becomes a reality in Washington County.
    Of the 92 counties in the state only 12 do not have some form of land use planning.  Of those 12, at least three are currently in the process of developing plans.
    Currently, Salem and Livonia are the only two areas that have a land use plan in place in the county.  Depending on how a Land Use Planning Commission develops its master plan the county plan should more or less dovetail with the ones being used by those communities.
    The county is waiting for the award of a grant to pay for the development of the land use plan.  According to Mishler all indications are that Washington County should receive the grant.
    “We want to do this process right and that means we need to take it one step at a time.” said Brown.  “This is too important to the economic development of the county to rush it.”
    In other business, the Commissioners took the following action:
Heard about plans to streamline the Emergency Medical Service for the county
Heard update on application for a grant to deal with problems with Sparksville Road
Heard request from Jon Kuss of Hoosier Hill PACT for funding
Took under advisement information provided by Washington County Assessor Jason Cockerill concerning membership on the Property Tax Appeal Board
Heard concerns of citizen with drainage issues on county road

    With no further business to conduct, the Commissioners adjourned until their next regularly schedule meeting on August 19.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 August 2009 09:27