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Board seeks comment on historical designation
Public hearings scheduled for December, January
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A proposed ordinance to create historical zoning districts is set to go before the public for comment.


The Dawson County Board of Commissioners voted last week to move forward with the hearings.


If approved, a historical zoning district would allow the county to designate specific areas or properties as historic.


Properties to be considered would be required to meet certain criteria, including an age of 100 years or older.


The idea to create a historic zoning designation arose after county government officials met earlier this year with Lumpkin Campground’s board of trustees, which oversees the 180-year-old meeting area on Lumpkin Campground Road.


A historical designation could change inspection standards for the campground, which is used about 10 days each summer for campmeeting.


“I understand why we’re doing this and I’m not opposed to that particular one. What I am opposed to is Dawson County getting into the business of creating or promoting ... historic districts. It is my understanding this does not do that,” said Commissioner James Swafford.


The first hearing will be held Dec. 21 before the Dawson County Planning Commission, an appointed board that makes recommendations to the Dawson County Board of Commissioners on planning and zoning issues.


The second hearing will be held Jan. 20 during the board of commissioners regular meeting.


A copy of the proposed ordinance can be found at


For more information, call (706) 344-3604.