THOMASVILLE — In an attempt to streamline the procedure for rezoning property in unincorporated Thomas County, county commissioners voted 6-2 Tuesday to disband the Planning and Land Use Standards Commission (PLUS).

Commission action taken after a public hearing amends county government's land use standards ordinance.

Rezoning — or land use — changes were heard first by PLUS, which passed along its decision to county commissioners for final consideration. Disbanding PLUS will require only one public hearing before commissioners.

2020欧冠名单Commission Vice Chairman Wiley Grady made the motion to disband PLUS. Commissioners Moses Gross and Jeremy Rich cast opposing votes.

PLUS, made up of residents appointed by county commissioners, met on an as-needed basis.

Commissioner Mark NeSmith said that in the new arrangement, he wants to have time at the end of a land use public hearing to gather information from people who did not attend the hearing.

County Manager Mike Stephenson said a controversial land use request might require more research. He recommended handling rezoning requests and gathering of information on a case-by-case basis.

2020欧冠名单"That's how it's been done in the past," Stephenson said.

Stephenson said the process is now simplified for the public, going from two public hearings to one.

When asked why he cast a no vote to disbanding the panel, Rich said he thinks people are important in the process of democracy.

"It means it's one less citizens board, that many less serving on county boards," Rich said.

Longtime Commissioner Ken Hickey said Wednesday the PLUS Commission's job was to interpret the county's land use ordinance.

"I was greatly in favor of it," he said about the disbanding. "Nothing requires us to have a PLUS Commission."

Hickey said some residents who attended PLUS Commission hearings were not respectful of the panel.

"In a recent hearing, I did not think the PLUS Commission was treated fairly and respectfully," the commissioner said. 

2020欧冠名单Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820