The planning commission is to submit its recommendation to the Board of Commissioners, but its recommendation for a change to the zone text together with a change to the zone map is illegal. It seems the only proper motion made that night was for the full ban. A tie is neither a “no” or a “yes” vote. The commissioners should do the job they were elected to do and end this countywide controversy by making a decision that is consistent with the majority of the people.
The current nine-member advisory plan commission has the responsibility of making a decision that will forever change the lives and landscape of this county. All four of the “no” votes on the “ban” motion were cast by men who each have less than one year of experience on the plan commission. One is an ineligible member but was appointed anyway. Another doesn’t live in this county and has been on the plan commission one month. Another has immediate relatives who are wind farm leaseholders, and the fourth has publicly stated he is in favor of industrial wind farm development “no matter what the people think.”
Of the four men who voted for the ban, three are elected officials and the fourth is a veteran member of the plan commission. How does the public feel that the four novice members, elected by no one and voting against the ban, may have determined the fate of this county?
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