By Marcus Fitzsimmons
Community Planner Colin McLeod addressed the Sevier County Planning Commission Tuesday night at the Courthouse to remind the members of the state requirement that mandates they complete four hours of continual education every year. The education courses are designed to help the members by increasing their knowledge of development and to provide practical approaches to problems.
Every county planning commission in Tennessee currently has the requirement. Though a County Commission can vote to exempt their planning commission from the classes, no county has done so thus far.
The perfect situation would allow the planning boards from the cities and the county to have joint training. Not only is it more cost effective, but also helps develop understanding between the boards. Most people are surprised to realize that city planning has control over some county lands as divided up by planning regions that often extend outside of their city limits.