County looks at reducing building permits

Thu, 06/21/2007 - 3:31pm
By: John Thompson

Will Coweta County try and slow down the county’s explosive growth?

The idea was first brought to the County Commission two weeks ago, when Sheriff Mike Yeager, spoke as a private citizen and asked the county to look at its overall growth plan, in light of the demand for water.

During Tuesday night’s meeting, Commissioner Randolph Collins said he had beens studying the issue and determined the county had issued 847 residential permits during the last year.

“The big issue is water,” he said.

Collins said he would like to control the amount of permits issued and said the county’s legal staff said such a measure would have to also limit commercial and industrial permits.

The County Commissioners were mostly silent after Collins made his comments. Chairman Tim Higgins asked for a committee to study the issue, and Collins said he would serve on the committee. Commissioner Paul Poole also agreed to serve on the committee, but said the county needed to look at the big picture.

“We now have impact fees that pay for the infrastructure. But, are the cities going to start annexing?” he said.

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