Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley was apologetic for his language at the July town council meeting.
"Zoning -- it's a big, ugly word, but we've got to talk about it," Mayor Kelley said Monday night to the four councilmen. "If you don't, then something you don't want will be creeping up in your own backyard."
Because there currently are no zoning regulations in the Town of Dearing, Mayor Kelley said town officials have no control over what type of businesses come in or where they locate. The mayor was quick to stress that zoning has nothing to do with building codes, and he was not asking the councilmen to address that issue.
When Councilman Mike McTier expressed his disapproval of creating zones within the town limits, Mayor Kelley sympathized. Mr. McTier said he just wanted to make sure the rights of residents are upheld.
"I understand totally," Mayor Kelley said.
"It can affect me more than anybody, because I've got a home business."
Mr. Kelley distributed copies of Guidelines on Starter Version of Alternatives to Conventional Zoning for each council member to go over at home.
They planned a future meeting with a specialist from the Central Savannah River Area Regional Development Commission
"So we can tailor it to fit our town," Mayor Kelley said.