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Monroe Plan Commission Votes to Advance Land Use Document

Last night, the Monroe County Plan Commission voted in favor of sending a proposed land-use plan to the county commissioners, with a 6-2 vote.

While nearly all members of the commission felt there were ways to improve the plan, they ultimately decided that after five years of working on the document, it was time to move on.

According to commission president Kevin Enright, there was little more his board could do.

“I think this is the best document this plan commission could create," Enright says. "There are limitations when you have a document with a fixed committee, so this will open it up with the county commissioners and the public for public comment.”

One dissenter of the plan, Doug Horn, said his vote will send a message to the county commissioners.

“I believe the ‘no’ vote offers the commisoners an opportunity to understand this is not a perfect plan,” says Horn.

Jim Murphy, President of CFC Properties, was disappointed the commission did not take public comment into consideration before the final vote and takes issue with the report’s advancement.

“I feel this does not represent the community as a whole, it represents a minority of the community," says Murphy. "There is a tremendous amount of protection that’s being put in place, and restrictions and regulations. Now that’s what plans do, but this is a document which guides the county for the next twenty years.”

The plan will now go on to the county commissioners, who will take the issue up in the first half of 2011.

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