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Steep Slope Update

Hearing Draws Crowd

Steep Slope Hearing

A vote next month by commissioners could determine whether Jackson County continues to control how and where people build on steep slopes within the county. The 6 of the 11-member planning board will be reappointed or newly appointed in April. Democratic Commissioner Vicki Greene succeeded in postponing a board vote until then. She received support during Monday’s commissioners meeting from fellow Democrat Mark Jones and Chairman Jack Debnam, who isn’t affiliated with a political party. The planning board’s membership surfaced as an issue following a Feb. 20 public hearing on proposed steep-slope revisions. Around 200 people attended the room to oppose changing the steep-slope ordinance. No one who spoke supported the planning board’s proposed revisions.