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Grady County officials are moving forward with putting together a proposed comprehensive zoning ordinance for unincorporated areas of the county and on Tuesday the board gave the green light for the Grady County Planning Commission to work on a plan to bring back before the board as soon as possible.
Planning Commission Chairman Kris Weaver appeared before the commission this week to voice his support for implementation of a zoning ordinance in the county.
“Grady County is on the cusp of growth even in these turbulent times,” Chairman Weaver said.
He said that with zoning, the county can plan for growth, “Now is the time and as chairman of the planning commission I pledge to help in any way possible.”
“I’d like to get moving on this as quick as possible because it will take a lot of time to get it done,” Commissioner Ray Prince said.
Commissioner LaFaye Copeland thanked Chairman Weaver for his remarks and she, too, expressed support for moving forward with a plan for countywide zoning.
Copeland also asked who the other members of the planning commission are. Weaver is serving as chairman, Gary Jones is vice chairman, and the other members are Phillip Corker, Terry Prince and Leverne Whigham.
Grady County administrator J.C. (Buddy) Johnson III, suggested the board take formal action to give the planning commission the “go-ahead” to put a plan together.
“Naturally, this board would have the final approval once it is done. If you want them to move forward, you should give them the go-ahead to do so,” Johnson said.
Commission Vice Chairman Phillip Drew offered a motion to proceed and it was seconded by Prince and passed 4-1 with Commissioner June Knight voting in opposition. Commissioner Prince said it was “past time” the county implemented comprehensive zoning.