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Town Council bolsters LMO Rewrite Committee

Hilton Head Island Town Council approved two measures Tuesday that increase the resources and broaden the scope of the Land Management Ordinance Rewrite Committee.

The committee, formed in mid-May, wants to hire a temporary consultant to aid in development and code issues. Committee chairman Tom Crews said such a consultant would relieve some of the mounting pressure and workload on his panel, which is made up largely of volunteers.

Council approved the motion unanimously. Crews will begin soliciting consultants by early November. The committee will make its recommendation to council by the end of the year. It could have one on the job by the beginning of 2012.

The consultant will work with local developers, Crews said, and will collaborate with the committee in examining and incorporating successful local practices.

Crews said he expects the work to take six to eight months. Discussion of the position's salary will take place at a future council meeting.

Council also approved a motion to expand the authority of the committee to oversee neighborhoods that have long struggled to enforce uniform building codes.

"It can be difficult for folks to comply with what appear to be heavy-handed rules and regulations," Crews said.

Council member Lee Edwards welcomed the committee's expanded oversight, saying that "the color of Port Royal (Plantation) mailboxes and if Wexford wants to repaint their clubhouse, that's not really the business of the town."

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