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Friday, February 01, 2008

Don't water down springs ordinance

Published Jan. 31, 2008 (Opinion)
When the County Commission abandoned the proposed Springs Protection Ordinance in November, opponents both on and off of the commission argued that "the stakeholders" had not been sufficiently included in the three-year effort to write the water-supply conservation measure.

A handpicked panel of nine residents, dubbed the Citizen Input Panel, will convene for its first meeting at 10 a.m. today at the county Growth Management Bureau. Its members represent building, landscaping, water services, land development, real estate and environmental interests in Marion County.

The Citizen Input Committee has until the end of March to present a new ordinance to the commission, which is then scheduled to consider the rewrite at its first meeting in April. That means fulfilling a tall order in short order.

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