Update 2023-09-26: Curious omissions from the minutes; see Packet: Golf carts, mental health, wetland credits, regional transit, Lift Station and Fire Station Access Roads, 2 TIA Road Bids @ LCC 2023-09-25.
The Lowndes County Commission unanimously denied the inappropriate 2.5-acre rezoning proposed on minimum 5-acre and predominantly agriculture, forestry, and conservation Quarterman Road, after five local residents spoke against and nobody for.
Thanks to all who signed the petition against that rexoning, who called or wrote County Commissioners, who spoke in the Planning Commission or County Commission meetings, and thanks to the County Commisisoners for denying the rezoning.
Among the five who spoke at the County Commission were Gretchen Quarterman (who also took the videos for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE)) and Suwannee Riverkeeper John S. Quarterman (details on both are below). He made sure the Commissioners had a copy of the WWALS letter that had mysteriously been left out of the board packet; thanks to WWALS President Sara Jay Jones for signing that letter.
This denial comes after two previous denials, both also in an Agriculture/Forestry/Conservation Character Area, both also provoking many petition signatures and speakers in opposition, including WWALS.
- The Miller Bridge Road rezoning too near the Little River, that WWALS Executive Director Gretchen Quarterman spoke against at the Greater Lowndes Planning Commission (GLPC) back in November 2021 and which was unanimously denied by the Lowndes County Commission in February 2022.
- The Dollar General rezoning on Skipper Bridge Road that WWALS sent a letter opposing, which would drain its trash down a short creek into the Withlacoochee River, and which the Lowndes County Commission denied in January 2023.
Maybe developers will get the picture that development is not appropriate in such a Character Area, especially when wetlands and waterways are affected.
It is interesting the extent to which a development mindset can color a presentation by a County Planner. I was just going to mention one example of that, but as I listened to the LAKE video of his presentation, I kept noticing more examples. Continue reading