Planning commissioners debate who writes the summary

Oconee County’s new comprehensive plan could run 350 or more pages, which begged the question this week who would read such a thick document. Perhaps, an executive summary might be a worthwhile addendum to the plan for which the county has turned to an outside company to prepare. At a meeting this week, two county planning commissioners promoted the idea of an executive summary, and one of them volunteered to write it. Planning commissioner Mike Smith says he would write it, considering his background in technical paper writing. Smith proposed a subcommittee to consult executive summaries that other counties have included with their comprehensive plans, but the motion never reached a vote. Planning commissioner Stacy Lyles questioned whether the county was paying Alta Planning and Design to write the summary.