Over the past year or so it has become apparent that the zoning laws that were enacted by Sevier County Government are a farce. In what can be only be described as a puppet office for the commissioners and developers, the planning commission has failed miserably in their duties.
In looking at the situation as a whole, residents in Wears Valley, Seymour, Jones Cove and Boyds Creek have repeatedly voiced their objections to the development going on in their communities. These objections have fallen on deaf ears, which makes one wonder who is running the planning office. The county planner is Jeff Ownby who came to the county with experience. However on his watch he has allowed communities and neighborhoods to be overrun with unnecessary development. He continues to rezone without posting notification and he continues to show favoritism to certain developers by allowing them to do whatever they want to do.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.