This time Richard Rosebrockís attempt at appointing a planning member got through with flying colors.

The Dorchester County councilman appointed Tea Farm resident Carroll Duncan to the county Planning Commission. County Council unanimously confirmed the move.

Rosebrockís appointment on the commission has been vacant since he decided against reappointing Bill Lomax to the board in January. Lomax, a Summerville doctor, served on the commission since 1989 and had been chairman since 2001.

ì[Duncan is] intelligent. Sheíll listen to everyone and will do a great job,î Rosebrock said.

Last month, he tried to appoint Mateeba Estates resident Sue Wehman, but the motion failed to get a majority in a three-to-three split vote. Wehman, a founding member of Dorchester Residents for Planned Growth, has been instrumental in helping candidates get elected to office and crafting policy, in particular the Ashley River Historic Overlay District.

It was later discovered that Wehman, who lives in County Council District 3, was ineligible to be Rosebrockís appointee. A planning commissioner has to live in the district of the councilman they represent, county law says.

Duncan is a member of the Dorchester Republican Party executive committee.

The Planning Commission is a volunteer, advisory board that makes recommendations on planning and zoning issues to County Council. One of the major things the commission does is work with the community to develop a 20-year comprehensive plan. The county is currently revising and working on the mandatory 10-year update.

Contact Ryan Castle at 873-9424 ext. 216 or rcastle@journalscene.com.