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County’s Planning Commission to see changes to help simplify

A restructuring of the Washington County Regional Planning Commission is another example of the new county commission’s commitment to simplify and streamline.
Commissioner George “Skip” Oldham recommended a reduction in the number of members during the Sept. 10 meeting of the Committee on Committees.
“We had to cancel last night’s (planning commission) meeting for the third time for lack of a quorum,” he said.
Commissioner Lee Chase asked the reason for no quorum, and Oldham said a 15-member commission requires a minimum of eight people to be present.
Oldham made a motion to reduce the planning commission to seven members, with five people appointed from the public and the remaining two seats filled by commissioners. The motion was seconded by Chase and passed with unanimous approval.
Chair Mark Larkey presented the recommendation to the full commission during the Sept. 22 meeting. “At the end of the day, you have the final say on zoning issues,” he reminded board members.
Mayor Dan Eldridge attempted a similar move last year, pointing out all the terms were expired and a nine-member planning commission would be more effective.
Rather than rejecting Eldridge’s proposal, then-county commissioners passed a resolution requesting the General