The rezoning request for AB Motorsports has been withdrawn by the applicant,
and the rezoning is still live for the Wild Adventures Safari Campground, for RVs, cabins, and glamping,
at the Greater Lowndes Planning Commission (GLPC) meeting tonight.
We know this because,
a day late and a dollar short,
Lowndes County late yesterday supplied most of the board packet.
Maps, rezonings @ GLPC 2023-04-24
Just after I posted the agenda
and sent them email reminding that it had been four working days sent
LAKE sent the open records request and that the Georgia Open Records Act (GORA)
requires a response in three days, as
their own County Clerk web page says:
“Once a request is received, Lowndes County will notify the requesting party
within 3 days regarding the availability of the information”;
a few minutes later the county sent the agenda packet materials for the two rezonings.
But once again they did not satisfy this part of the request:
“Including the minutes of the previous GLPC meeting (those are NOT on the lowndescounty.com website).”
Considering that the planners for Dasher, Lake Park, Hahira, and Valdosta
responded the same day as the request (saying they had no items),
I really do not see what is so difficult for Lowndes County to respond
in a timely manner according to state law.
They have to have the same materials already available for GLPC,
so all they need to do is email a few PDFs.
Even better, why can’t Lowndes County put board packet materials on their own website,
as many counties smaller and larger in Georgia and Florida have been doing for years?
Why do you, the taxpayers and voters and other interested parties,
have to depend on a third party to find out what an elected government is doing?
The materials thus far received from Lowndes County for tonight are
on the LAKE website.
Investigative reporting costs money, for open records requests, copying, web hosting, gasoline, and cameras, and with sufficient funds we can pay students to do further research. You can donate to LAKE today!