Apartments are expensive to local governments, developers don’t sue
unless there is actual discrimination (which there isn’t in this case),
water use is a big issue,
and the primary responsibility of elected officials is to the citizens
who elect them:
Judge Wayne Ellerbee made these and other points relevant to many
rezoning requests as he spoke for some of the opponents at
Lake Park Brookhaven rezoning.
He pointing out that the question before the Lake Park City Council was
but the developers needed to take into account the effects on the
entire city of Lake Park.
He mentioned studies from the University of Georgia
saying that the most expensive zoning Continue reading →
“A molehill to cover up an eyesore” pretty much summed up the neighbors’
Some of the usual local lawyers seemed surprised at the number
and sophistication of the rezoning opponents, as you can see in
these videos of the public hearing for the
Brookhaven apartment building proposed rezoning.
The Lake Park City Council took its duties to its citizens seriously,
holding a separate zoning meeting just for this one subject.
Citizens, lawyers, and developers
Rezoning Public Hearing, Lake Park City Council (Lake Park),
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Lake Park, Lowndes County, Georgia, 28 April 2014.
Just in case it might work, I sent an Open Records Request to the
Lowndes County Clerk before Monday’s Planning Commission meeting.
The result just arrived, two days later, 47 hours after the meeting started.
It is in electronic form, as I requested, but it’s a
PDF of a scanned
image, so turning it into HTML would require OCRing it or transcribing it,
the real PDF I got by another means before the meeting
and posted Monday.
If the agendas and minutes for the Planning Commission were posted
on the web like the Lowndes County Commissions own agendas
and minutes already are, this problem wouldn’t arise,
and there would also be less work for county staff.