I support residents being able to access information from the county and involvement in the governmental process. The county currently allows any resident to participate in the rezoning process, if they are members of a civic group or not.
While Carol Brown states her Neighborhood Notification Initiative proposal would allow more people to be part of the process, it is not the process that occurs prior to rezoning that matters, it’s what happens after the approval has been granted.
The County, commissioners and zoning attorneys are quick to sell “stipulations” to help protect the adjacent homeowner. However, while the homeowner is given the impression that they will be “protected,” using terms like “Minor Modification approved by District Commissioner” and “Administrative Decision” these stipulations have the potential to be modified (removed) without the knowledge of those who they were to protect. The perceived protection is gone and the homeowner had no say.
This is where changes need to be made. It should not be about notification or recognition, but holding the county, commissioners and developers accountable to codes and stipulations agreed to.