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Lee County development is carefully watched

October 5, 2006

Leesburg -- Lee County continues to be one of the fastest growing counties in the country. That means a lot of new houses going up quickly.

County leaders want to make sure developers build quality homes live up to ordinances designed to make neighborhoods inviting places to live.

Lee county planners say they want to keep the small town and rural feel in their growing community.

"We just want to make sure the developments that's coming to Lee County is something we can all be proud of," said planning commission chair Jim Norris.

That's why the planning commission meets with land developers several times before giving the go ahead to build. The committee usually meets with developers once a month, but called this special meeting to speed up the process and give approval to those who are following codes.

Paul Forgey with the Southwest Georgia Regional Development Center assists in residential planning in Lee County.

"The reason people are moving here because it's rural, beautiful and has a good school system," said Paul Forgey.

He says the construction underway now can erode why people came in the first place... unless planners take a careful look at new additions.

"What the planning commission trying to do is control growth and plan it, so it doesn't ruin the things that make Lee County beautiful," said Forgey.

Two development groups met with the commission today, planners will meet again with one company to make sure their plans meet ordinances.

"We just want a good quality of life in Lee County. We've got it, we want to keep it," said Norris.

County planners are making sure the small-town qualities remain in their county, even as the number of people increases.

Planners want to make sure developers of major subdivisions that include a community water system to reserve 25% of the total site as greenspace.

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