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County to set times for public participation meetings



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — To ensure the public will be able to attend participation meetings, the Forsyth County Commission is working to establish scheduling standards.

The board voted to move forward with public hearings to amend the Unified Development Code, but it wants the meetings to be scheduled for times that allow for full public participation. The board recommended the time frame from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. County staff will bring revisions, including possibly adding a clause regarding audio/video recording of the meeting, but that will be later determined by the board.

Currently, there are no specifications for these meetings set forth by the county, and staff doesn’t track the meetings.

Chairman Todd Levent said he recently went to a meeting that started at 5 p.m. which caused some issues for people trying to attend after work.

“Applicants in the past have been considerate so this hasn’t come up,” Levent said.

Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills said sometimes for issues that are controversial, the meeting could last late into the night if it gets started too late.

The board decided weekends should be off limits for meetings.

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