The decision came after speakers during a public comment period took issue with how alterations in two single-family residential categories as well as a master planned district category were being handled. Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills also raised concern about whether input to the plan was sufficiently broad-based, contending that a homeowners coalition which met recently seemed to have more influence than comments submitted from elsewhere. Commissioner Laura Semanson countered by saying that input came from a much broader sampling.
The 5-year update called Foster Forsyth takes the plan out to the year 2037 and carves the county up into 11 “character areas” with a number of development nodes contained within each. The long-range document was originally supposed to be handed off in late 2016 but commissioners halted the process so that incoming commissioners Semanson and Rick Swope could weigh in.