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Colquitt property owners fight land ordinance

October 16, 2005

Colquitt Co.- A group of Colquitt County concerned property owners have close to 1,500 signatures on petitions questioning County Commissioners and their plans for a land use ordinance. This week they launched a web site to inform others.

"We don't know where we stand to be honest with you and what they've changed and when they're going to agree to implement these rules, we just need to have citizens input," said Donald Dalton of Colquitt County.

For Donald Dalton this could cost him his business, he's the inventor of the ice house. "This ice house would not even be allowed to be installed in Colquitt County because it's prefabricated medal paneling, and every time we ask them they say, oh we've changed that," said Dalton.

Commissioner held two work sessions reviewing the 47 page plan that will govern land use in Colquitt County. Local property owners complain they were not asked for input and say the plan will just cost them money.

"Everything will have a fee, before you can do anything, so I'm concerned that the people are carrying a pretty good tax load now," said Marvin Bishop, Colquitt County property owner.

Under the proposed changes, housing developers say it will cost them more in time and money.

"If the land that I'm developing is going to be zoned probably all agricultural and when they do that, I'm going to have to go through a series of hoops and hollers to get the permits to rezone this property, subdivision property it could take up to six months or a year," said Terry Wise, Colquitt County Developer.

Residents complain there's already a system of checks and balances in place and while a builder and a real estate developer can jump through the hoops, land owner may be at a disadvantage.

"They're actually taking the rights of the individual away who's paid taxes on this land all these years and telling them well we know more about what you need to do with your land that what you do," said Ray Norman, former Colquitt County Commissioner.

After the last work session, Commissioners Merle Hall and Billy Herndon listened to residents concerns. Colquitt County Commissioners meet Monday night at seven. For a link to the concerned citizens web site you can click on www.colquittzoning.com.

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