Marion County now has a clearer picture for land use development, after approval of changes to the land use ordinance.

The Marion County Commission unanimously approved the  changes during their meeting Monday, at which they also met the county’s new entrepreneurship specialist and new Extension youth programs associate and heard a representation by the Northeast Community Action Committee deputy director.

Following the recommendation of the Marion County Planning and Zoning Commission, which unanimously approved the changes to the ordinance during a public hearing last Thursday, the commissioners also approved the changes, noting they felt like it was something that was needed.

During the planning and zoning meeting, Charles Webster, who chairs the committee, had also said he felt the changes were needed and would be appreciated by future commissions.

“I think we’ve made it a lot easier for all of us and whoever comes in later,” he said. “This will give them a better handle on things.”

See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.