STANFORD - Countywide planning and zoning is progressing steadily toward becoming a reality as Fiscal Court magistrates wrap up months of careful examination of the proposed ordinances and set Jan. 27 for a first reading.
Judge-executive Ronald "Buckwheat" Gilbert says the community has nothing to fear, despite widespread angst.
"I guarantee you we've had 50 calls asking when this is coming into effect," said Gilbert. "This is very moderate planning and zoning. There's nothing too stiff on it ... it's not over the top."
Some citizens are worried the new laws will dictate how they use their property, and worry it will limit personal freedoms, said Gilbert.
"They think it is telling them what to do on their own property, and they are against it until their neighbor starts doing what they want," said Gilbert.