Signs of growth in the Brainerd lakes area are inescapable.
From increased traffic to construction to longer lines at the grocery store, our population is increasing and it's not just the tourists who grace us with their presence during the summer months.
Consider these recent developments:
* Crow Wing County is considering a moratorium on shoreland planned unit developments, resort expansions and the conversions of resorts into housing developments.
* The Crow Wing County Board restructured aspects of the county planner position to prevent an overtaxed employee from resigning.
* The Baxter City Council on Tuesday placed a six-month moratorium on planned unit developments.
Given the absolute certainty of growth in our area, it seems penny-wise and pound-foolish for the Crow Wing County Board not to have a full-time planning and zoning department administrator on board. The post has been vacant since May of 2002. Temporarily letting a position go vacant due to budget constraints is understandable. Letting an important position go unfilled for more than two years when there is clearly work to be done borders on neglect.
The county board should fill this position as soon as possible. Growth is coming to our area and it's coming fast. If the county doesn't get ahead of the game on planning and zoning it may never fully catch up.
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