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Planning Commission Approves Centerville Plan, Rejects Citizen Outcry

The Planning Commission approved the Centerville Village Plan last night, despite overwhelming residents’ opposition. Voicing support of the plan were five people, all owners or developers of specific parcels.

Tom Rockecharlie, District 5, offered an amendment to remove parcels that were recently added to the “core area” on the Centerville Village Plan map and to grant four other requests from citizens regarding protecting the golf course green space and removing hotels from the list of approved land uses.

The added parcels near Satterwhite’s were not in the November 2022 draft plan. The mystery as to why these parcels were added was answered just last week, with word that the parcel owners requested it privately.

Commissioner Rockecharlie’s amendment was defeated, the request echoed by numerous residents was ignored.

A speaker from Oak Groves estates spoke against the “Greenway” path along Readers Branch floodplain. I stated my agreement with those remarks. County staff explained there was no plan to purchase floodplain land from the private owners, to build a path. There is certainly no plan to force people to sell.

I believe this far-fetched path was just added to answer criticism that there are no park areas whatsoever in District 4.

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