Suwannee Democrat


December 7, 2012

Opinion: The Democrat Says

County avoids a stinkin’ mess

Live Oak — In Wednesday’s edition of the Suwannee Democrat, we informed you about the county changing the language in the comprehensive plan, and more specifically in the land development regulations, to protect the future development of Suwannee County. Since the new year began, it has been our objective to update the land development regulations and comprehensive plan to better protect resources and plan for growth; hence Editorial Objective number 2 above. 
We’re proud to put a check beside our objective.

The Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners held their second and final public hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 20, and voted unanimously to adopt ordinances that have been in the works for quite some time. In November of 2011, an application was submitted with a request to place a solid waste facility near I-10 and US 129 North.

Even though the proposed landfill wouldn’t have been visible from the road, so we were told, the putrid smell and everything that accompanies a landfill would be well known, some officials said. Should it have been approved by the Suwannee County Commissioners, the solid waste facility would have been near the city’s $3 million water tower and well fields, right beside I-10 and right next door to the Live Oak city limits. This move, in our opinion, would have been stop signs instead of welcome flags to potential businesses.

County Administrator Randy Harris and Planning and Zoning Director Ron Meeks and their staff worked diligently with the state of Florida to adopt changes to the land development regulations and comprehensive plan to protect the county’s future in economic development and quality of life. 
This was a great move and a job well done.

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