In front of a standing-room-only audience, and after long hesitation, the Brooks County Planning Commission voted 3-1 to recommend Conditional Approval for the Morven Solar project, pending “A Valid Road use Agreement put in-place” and “Erosion Measures provided and Filtration Plants in the Retention Ponds”.
Here is the report sent from the Planning Commission to the County Commission for its decision on February 6th. The report has some puzzling omissions.
Staff still recommends denial, and the included Staff Analysis is the same as provided before the Planning Commission meeting.
The actual decision will be made at the Brooks County Commission meeting, 5 PM, Monday, February 6, 2023. According to the Planning Commission agenda, that County Commission meeting will be held at the Brooks County Courthouse Second Floor Courtroom, at 100 E. Screven Street. Also according to the agenda, there will be a Second Public Hearing at that County Commission meeting before the Commission votes.
Thanks to Melissa Smith, Code Enforcement/Zoning Agent, for sending “attached from the Planning Commission Meeting to the Board of Commissioners.”
However, there are a few things I don’t understand in that PDF document.
The report document includes the Staff Analysis, which is identical to that in the Planning Commission board packet. That I understand.
Then the report document includes the Special Exception Application down through “3. Landowner Authorizations”.
It also omits the long-form 21-page Site Plan, which contains information on topics discussed during the Planning Commission meeting: species habitat, tree survey, decomissioning, electrical design, vegetative buffer, and wetlands.
After the truncated Special Exception Application, the PDF includes Planning Commission Meeting Minutes, which includes mention of almost every speaker for or against. Except me.
My name is checked on the Sign In sheets included at the end of the PDF, and the people before and after me on that sheet are checked and their response is in the Minutes, but there is no mention of me.
I thought perhaps they had decided only to record people who actually live in Brooks County. No, listed as speaking for is one person who gave a Valdosta address, and two who gave Florida addresses.
Also recorded as speaking for were four of the applicants, who do not even live in Georgia.
I can only guess that this omission was in error. It is especially odd because I recommended basically what the Commission voted: yes, but, as in approval after some conditions.
When I publish the videos I took, I will compare the speakers against the Minutes and the Sign In sheet to see if anybody else was omitted.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®