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Planning board loses member
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Forsyth County News

A member of Forsyth County’s planning board has resigned his post due to personal commitments.

Matt Murphy, who represented District 4 in north Forsyth for more than three years, notified Commissioner Patrick Bell by letter Thursday that he would be stepping down.

“It is a great experience to be a part of the process,” Murphy wrote, “However, I have a different job than I had when I started and must choose between work, family and the planning commission.”

The five-member appointed panel makes recommendations to the county commission on rezonings and other issues, meeting on average twice a month.

Reached by phone Friday, Murphy said he must travel often for work, which can keep him from attending board functions.

“When I’m unable to make meetings, I’m not doing my duty,” he said. “And if I can’t do it, then I don’t need to be there.

“I really enjoyed the process and hope to be able to do it again. I just can’t right now.”

Bell said Murphy, his appointee to the board, always strived to do the right thing.

“He might be a little rough around the edges sometimes,” Bell said, “but he’s one of the most genuine people you’ll ever meet and I’m disappointed he’s not going to be able to serve.”

Bell hasn’t determined how he will fill the open position.

He said Murphy gave him advance notice a few months ago that he might have to leave. At that time, Bell began to consider possible replacements.

Bell added that he has asked about four people, all of whom have declined to join the panel.