Thursday letters: Planning panel not on the job

September 19, 2013 

— More than 50 concerned residents attempted to attend the Richland County Planning Commission’s 1 p.m. meeting on Sept. 5 meeting on rezoning in the Huffman Heights/Elm Abode neighborhoods in St. Andrews.

It was a fiasco. Only four of the nine commissioners were present, so the meeting was postponed until next month.

It is inexcusable that the staff or commission leadership do not confirm in advance that a quorum will be present for meetings. What a colossal waste of time and inconvenience for the residents who took the time to be present to oppose the rezoning.

One commissioner defended fellow panel members by saying they were volunteers who had regular jobs. This was not well received by the members of the public in the room who also had jobs. If these five absent commissioners have jobs that prevent their attending posted meetings, should they volunteer for such an important committee?

Ina Fort

Columbia

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