CUMMING — The work session and public hearing meeting Tuesday were the last for two members of Forsyth County’s planning board.
The five-member advisory panel does not meet in December, and the resignations of Pam Bowman in District 1 and Greg Dolezal in District 3 are effective at year’s end.
Dolezal, whose district covers southwest Forsyth, was appointed to the board in February 2014 by Commissioner Todd Levent.
“It’s been a real privilege of mine to serve … I’ve gotten to know a lot of folks and worked with a lot of great people,” Dolezal said.
The county commission last week failed to back an attempt to let him rescind his resignation. Tuesday, he thanked the planning staff for their work and time spent together.
“You guys are a great resource to this county, and I think it’s underestimated for how hard you work,” he said.
Dolezal also thanked his colleagues.
“I think we are an example of a well-functioning board,” he said, before singling out Bowman, who was the chairwoman. “You’ve led us well. You have to keep track of so much and you’ve handled meetings well.
“You put a lot of time into your job and it’s for the love of the county.”
Dolezal said he intends to remain an active part of the community and continue “to work for the betterment of it.”
He also told audience members, many of whom came for rezoning applications that fall within District 3, that he is still their active planning commissioner until Dec. 31 and is willing to meet with them to work on their applications through that time.
Bowman, whose district spans Cumming and parts of north and west Forsyth, is the longest-standing member of the group. She was appointed in January 2011 and has served as chair for the past two years.
She announced her resignation in October and on Tuesday agreed with Dolezal’s statements.
Robert Hoyt, who represents east Forsyth’s District 5, said it had “been my pleasure to have served” with the two, noting he hopes they continue to lend their expertise to future zonings relating to their neighborhoods.
Neither Levent nor District 1 Commissioner Pete Amos have announced replacements for the vacant planning posts.