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Commissioners eye county law updates; Tree, parking ordinances due for public hearing


The county commissioners will discuss possible changes to several Carroll laws, including the forest conservation ordinance, which requires developers to save trees.

Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Robin Bartlett Frazier voted yesterday to hold a public hearing on the laws that govern forest conservation, private streets, parking and mobile home parks. Board President Julia Walsh Gouge was not present during the vote.

The public hearing is expected to be held this winter. The commissioners will have the final say on what changes, if any, are made.

"I'd like to give business people who are affected by these laws an opportunity to come in and make recommendations about what should be deleted or added," said Dell. "The laws the planning commission works with are the ones I'm most concerned with and the ones I think we'll get the most response to."

Members of the county environmental advisory board and planning commission will be asked to attend the public hearing.

Dell and Frazier said they hope a committee will evolve from the hearing. The committee would be asked to make recommendations to the commissioners.

Dell and Frazier said they would like to attend the hearing.

"We are the ones who have to make the final decision," Dell said.

"So it would be nice to listen to the general comments and hear their ideas," Frazier added.

For the past five months, the county attorney has been reviewing Carroll's laws and grouping them by subject matter. In the past, the county's 160 ordinances were organized in chronological order, making it difficult to research a single topic.

The new system will reduce the number of documents by at least 33 percent. It is designed to "make it easier for the staff to use," said County Attorney Laurell Taylor.

In other business, the commissioners delayed action on a proposed sports complex advertising fee schedule. Frazier noted Gouge's absence as the reason for her hesitancy.

"On issues where I've heard her opinion, I feel comfortable [voting], but on something like this, I think she should have a chance to voice her opinion," Frazier said.

The move was a marked departure from what was common practice during the previous board's term. Dell, and former Commissioners Richard T. Yates and W. Benjamin Brown, often voted when one of the three commissioners was absent.

Pub Date: 1/06/99

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