Of course Garrard County needs planning and zoning. We only need to look around to see that.
I know Magistrate Joe Leavell and others are taking a tremendous amount of heat for their view that our county will benefit from planning and zoning, but hang in there. Taking a stand for what is right is not easy, but I respect you all the more for being willing to do just that.
Don't let them fool you. Not everyone in our county is against planning and zoning. Many of us realize that it is an essential part of progress, essential to ensure the rights of landowners and essential to ensure a bright future for our residents. It is my belief that many of those who oppose planning and zoning don't understand the potential that it holds for shaping our county and maintaining its current charm.
We must face the fact that the county is growing at an amazing rate, and with proper planning, that growth can be a major asset to our county. It will bring in much-needed revenue to our tax coffers and along with that, fresh voices and ideas. Without planning, the growth will come anyway, and the county government will have to sort out the mess without the benefit of guidance.