"The idea that you can do anything with your land is not true. It's not been true, and it's never going to be true," said Peel.
In response, Chairman Dick Brunson listened to the energetic speech but said the commission's job was to serve the entire community and their wishes. People don't mind planning and zoning so much as they mind the idea of land regulations, said Brunson. The community wants less-intrusive government, and it is the commission's purpose to draft a living document that reflects what the people want now and 10-20 years from now.
"(It's) better to propose a plan they want that is successful than propose a plan of mine or yours that loses, and we're back with nothing," said Brunson.
Brunson was joined by Billy Moore in his address to the commission. Both men spoke of goals and objectives they had heard the audience request during the public forums, their lists joining the six others of individual commission members. The lists will now be compiled into a master document for study and discussion by the commission.
Moore's goals for the commission included ensuring everyone in the county had water, enforcing regulations already in place and cleaning up the county's solid waste with a comprehensive plan.
"We've got a solid waste problem that's been here 30 years, and it's grown over 30 years. It's going to take some time to identify all the problems," said John Dixson.
Maintaining cleaner water and land was a major goal on his list, said Brunson. Some of his ideas also included ensuring adequate and safe housing for everyone in the county, enforcing building codes, attracting economical development and providing recreational areas for families and children.
But these are just his part of a larger whole of goals discussed by the commission m members during the past several meetings, said Brunson. The commission still has a long way to go in drafting a plan that will protect the county's future through the next several decades.
The commission is "responsible to look at the next generation, not the next election," said Brunson.