After the second go-around, the amendments to the Land Development Regulations were presented to the board by County Attorney Russ Wade. Citizens Against Phosphate Mining and some others approved the basic revisions, but hoped for more time to review the changes.
Counselor Wade explained that the basic plan was sound and that more details could be added later. A motion was made and passed unanimously to accept the amendments.
A letter from HPS II’s legal representative, Hopping Green & Sams, to the Union commissioners was made public. Here HPS strongly opposes the amendments, stating that they are not based on sound science, and that they believe that they are unlawful.
Several people expressed support for the commissioners, and many members of CAPM, OSFR and Sierra Club were present.
In the months to come, the new LDRs will be further specified in more detail and tailored to dedicated locations. This is important to protect wetlands, wildlife, the aquifer and New River and its tributaries. The Comprehensive Plan is written to accommodate these changes and that is why it is important for public participation during this critical process. Please continue to attend the commissioner’s meetings to keep abreast of the process and support the able Union County leaders.
OSFR applauds the Union Commissioners for their wisdom and action in adopting the amendments.