The Columbia County Planning Commission welcomed a new member to its board Thursday.
Planning Commission Chairwoman Jean Garniewicz introduced Martinez accountant Darryl James to represent District 4 at the start of their bi-monthly meeting.
James replaces Harlem resident Bob Newkirk, who served on the board for three years after being appointed in 2009 by former county Commissioner Scott Dean.
“We’re looking forward to an interesting year,” said Garniewicz, ending the meeting.
James was selected by county Commissioner Bill Morris to serve the district.
“When he told me the requirements and the things that we would be doing here in the county, I just had an interest to be of public service,” James said.
James, a lifelong resident of the county, said he plans to sit back on the board for a few months to learn how planning and zoning issues are handled.
James’ practice, Darryl A. James CPA, has been in business in the county since 1993.
“We’re pleased,” Garniewicz said of the board’s newest member. “We’re happy.”
During the meeting, planning commissioners approved final plats for Morning Falls, a 26-lot, 10-acre subdivision off Evans-to-Locks Road in addition to the seventh section of Middleton at Riverwood, consisting of nine lots on 2.5 acres.
A preliminary plat for two subdivisions, made up of 43 lots on 26 acres inside Riverwood Plantation, also was approved.