Let the Hernando County Commissioners know you oppose changing the rules for comprehensive land use plan changes. Don’t replace the super-majority rule with a simple majority vote. This could facilitate approval of a new CEMEX mine.
Last spring, we celebrated the defeat of a proposal to allow a new CEMEX open pit lime rock mine on Cortez Boulevard at the entrance to Brooksville. The “super-majority rule” currently in place for Hernando County comprehensive land use plan amendments requires that four of five commissioners approve any proposed changes.
This rule applied to the plan change sought that would have allowed the new CEMEX mine. When Commissioners Jim Adkins and Diane Rowden announced their NO vote, the miners withdrew their petition, since they lacked the super-majority vote needed for approval. That was a victory for our community and protected our environment, economy and quality of life.
Well, some commissioners are now trying to change that rule to a simple majority vote. Commissioner and Naval Reserve Officer Jeff Holcomb has announced that he is being deployed to serve in Southwest Asia for the next 6–12 months, leaving a 4-member voting county commission. By law, he cannot be replaced and his position will remain his, even while he is unavailable to vote.
So while Holcomb is away, no super-majority vote of 4 of 5 commissioners is possible, including for a new CEMEX application, if it were re-filed. However, if the rule is changed to require a simply majority, three of the sitting commissioners could vote in a land use plan amendment to allow a new CEMEX mine near Brooksville, as well as any other ill-advised project that does not conform to our existing land use plan.
What You Can Do Now:
* Plan to attend the Hernando County Commission meeting this coming Tuesday, May 10th at 9 a.m. at the Brooksville Courthouse. Sign up to speak on this item when it comes up for discussion. We expect it to be pulled from the consent agenda and added to the regular agenda so that the public can be heard on it.
James Adkins, Chair
Diane Rowden, Vice Chair
Nick Nicholson, Second Chair
For more information, check out our website at http://www.neighborsagainstmining.org. Read the Tampa Bay Times article of May 6, 2016 at: Commissioner wants to revisit super-majority requirement for comprehensive plan changes.