by Jackie Nunnery
LANCASTER—The Lancaster planning commission on January 21 discussed the latest version of chapter five of the county’s comprehensive plan, which details access to state waters.
Director of planning Brian Barnes said the goal is to hold a public hearing on the finalized chapter at the commission’s February 18 meeting.
District 1 commission member Bob Smart suggested adding boatyards to the list of industrial uses of shoreline, which also include seafood processing and grain loading.
When discussing private piers throughout the county, at-large member Ty Brent noted the pier inventory included in the plan is from 2012. He asked if it is possible to have the Commissioner of the Revenue take a look at it “since they assess every pier.” Barnes indicated he would follow up on Brent’s suggestion.
Overall, Smart remarked that “progress has been made since the first draft was written some years back, but we’re still way behind other counties….[to-view-more]