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LCPC still accepting input on code revisions
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The Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission held a public hearing on proposed planning and zoning code revisions during its Tuesday meeting — but no residents or developers chimed in.

During the hearing, Fort Stewart Growth Management Partnership Director Jeff Ricketson told the board that he had received input from P.C. Simonton & Associates owner Paul Simonton and from the Liberty County Board of Assessors.

County engineer Trent Long, owner of T.R. Long Engineering, also told Ricketson during the hearing that he wanted to offer some input.

The comments are all valid and likely will be used to revise the code, he said.

Because Long and Simonton are the county and city engineers who also work on private projects, Ricketson said he feels the comments are representative of most area developers.

As the Courier previously reported, the proposed revisions will streamline the developing process with the ultimate goal of enhancing the community’s aesthetics.

The hearing came on the heels of a 45-day public comment period that ended Tuesday. 

During the meeting, the LCPC board was unable to take any action because it did not have a quorum, though Chairman Donald L. Hartley Sr. noted the meeting was the first time in the entity’s history that a majority was not present.

The LCPC board is expected to vote on the revisions in its next meeting, and the proposed code would go before the Hinesville City Council and the Liberty County Board of Commissioners for consideration in January.

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