County commissioners have approved an agreement with the Upper Cumberland Development District for providing planning advisory services with Cumberland County.

“It’s pretty much the same that we’ve had with the state, only it’s going to be through Upper Cumberland Development District now,” Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey said.

Until now, the state of Tennessee provided planning services and city and counties contracted with the state.

The state of Tennessee no longer offers local planners to city and county governments after July of this year.

The move to eliminate local planning offices statewide is part of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s Jobs4TN plan that was announced in May.

The planner meets with the Cumberland County Regional Planning Commission on a monthly basis and reviews plans for new subdivisions of property in the county. The planner also assists the county with following state regulations with property planning and subdivisions.

According to the agreement approved by the county commission, the county will pay the Upper Cumberland Development District $3,375 quarterly for a total of $13,500 annually for a one-year term from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. UCDD will furnish the services of a professional trained planning adviser who will confer with the local planning commission with respect to all phases of the comprehensive planning program. The planner will attend planning commission meetings and assist with preparation of the long range work program of the planning commission, assist with preparation of ordinances relating to zoning, subdivision regulations, flood plan management regulations and other land use controls.

The agreement was unanimously approved after a motion was made by Johnny Presley, 3rd District commissioner. It was supported by David Hassler, 3rd District commissioner.

In other areas, the county commission approved appointing 6th District Commissioner Larry Allen to serve on the Cumberland County Regional Planning Commission. Allen will fill a vacancy on the planning commission that was created when 1st District Commissioner Harry Sabine resigned from the committee. Sabine resigned from the planning commission due to meeting conflicts.

Allen was unanimously appointed after a motion was made by Mike Harvel, 7th District commissioner. Harvel’s motion was supported by Hassler. Allen passed on the vote.

The Cumberland County Regional Planning Commission is scheduled to meet July 11 at 5:15 p.m. at the E-911 Emergency Communications Center on Daniel Dr. near the Justice Center. The public is welcome to attend.

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