Editor's note: The county commissioners have reorganized county government, demoting some departments and directors to office and/or bureau status. Environmentalists complained because the fledgling Department of Natural Resource Protection was abolished, its responsibilities reassigned to four separate agencies. And developers worry about the commissioners' tampering with the development review process, whichthey say had improved considerably in recent years. Despite the complaints and reservations from Commissioner Julia W. Gouge, the plan was adopted, subject to review over a six-month period. We have been asking readers whether they agree with the changes, especially with splitting up environmental concerns, and whether they believe the commissioners should have had a hearing to allow public input before adoption. Here are some of the replies we received:
From: Patricia L. Perkins
I really believe they intended to do this without alot of input be
cause that seems to be the new commissioners' management style.
I do not agree with the changes in the environmental area, and I can foresee some real concern over their rather personal approach to zoning enforcement.