PALMYRA, Mo. -- Two members of the Marion County Planning and Zoning Board were unanimously reappointed Monday by the Marion County Commission.
Susan Gard, who represents Union Township in the Philadelphia area, and Bridget Bleigh-Bouyea, who represents Mason Township in the Hannibal area, were reappointed to four-year terms.
"We're glad both of them are ready to serve," Marion County Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode said in an interview.
Bode said the eight-member Planning and Zoning Board plays a key role in deciding whether the county should approve proposed zoning changes or land-use applications, including new subdivisions.
The Planning and Zoning Board conducts public hearings on matters that come up for consideration, then it makes recommendations for approval or denial. The Marion County Commission makes the final decision on each application.
"Almost all the time we go with the recommendation," Bode said.
But not always.
Bode said the Planning and Zoning Board occasionally faces some contentious issues that pose concerns for neighbors who would be affected by a proposed change in land use.
He said the board members strive to hear all sides during the public hearings before making their recommendations.
"It's a great way to get a lot of questions answered," Bode said. "They do a great job."