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This personnel swap is happening on Dawson County’s Planning Commission in 2023
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The Dawson County Government Center is located at 25 Justice Way in downtown Dawsonville.

Dawson County’s Planning Commission will ring in the new year with one new face after the board members’ two-year terms ended in December. 

During their Dec. 15 voting session, the Board of Commissioners reappointed most members to the planning board and added a new person. All of the planning appointees’ terms will end in December 2024. 

Shelton Townley will replace Tim Bennett for the planning board’s District 3 seat. 


An article online and in the Jan. 4 print edition of DCN misstated details about the Dawson County Planning Commission. Each district’s county commissioner appoints someone from their district, and the Board of Commissioners chairman may choose someone from any district

Jason Hamby is the representative from District 1 and was elected amongst the planning commission as its chairman.  Steve Sanvi will remain in his position as a chairman appointee.

Planning Commission Chairman Jason Hamby, who is also the board’s District 1, representative, will retain his leadership role on the board. Hamby was previously elected amongst the Planning Commission as its chairman. 

District 1 Commissioner Steve Sanvi was reappointed to his position. As the chairman appointee, he was selected by BOC Chairman Billy Thurmond for the District 1 planning commissioner seat. 

District 2 Commissioner John Maloney will again take up that seat. Likewise, District 4 Commissioner and planning board vice-chair Neil Hornsey has also been reappointed.

Alternates have not yet been announced. 

The Dawson County Planning Commission will meet for the first time on Feb. 21, 2023. The county’s moratorium on certain residential rezonings is set to end on Feb. 17.