With his family there to support him, Chris Van Zant was sworn in as the newest member of the Cherokee County Planning Commission Tuesday night, appointed to the position by Commissioner Richard Weatherby. From left, Weatherby, Chris Van Zant, Katie Van Zant, Caroline Van Zant, Will Van Zant and C.J. Van Zant.

The Cherokee County Planning Commission has all of its positions filled again, as its newest member Chris Van Zant was sworn into office at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Commissioner Richard Weatherby, the new District 2 member of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners, appointed Van Zant to his old Planning Commission seat.

“I was extremely honored (to be chosen),” Van Zant said. “I consider Richard a great friend and a great leader and role model for our county, so to follow in his footsteps, it’s a lot of pressure and responsibility, but it’s also a great honor.”

“I met Mr. Van Zant during the most recent election period that we had,” Weatherby said. “I was very impressed with his determination and his ‘espirit de corps.’ With his business in real estate, I thought, ‘This is great, because he’s going to have a really nice background to step in and take my place.’ He’s young, he’s enthusiastic and he wants to make a positive contribution to Cherokee County, and that was plenty for me.”

Weatherby added he hoped that Van Zant would adhere to the county’s land use plan and protect the character of both District 2 and the county as a whole. Van Zant said he and Weatherby saw eye to eye on the land use plan and that he wants to see the county grow in a smart and constructive manner.

During the meeting, Van Zant admitted he was a little nervous coming into the meeting, he said he was happy to see his family there supporting him.

“I think the most important thing is being willing to listen and learn, and that’s what I’m coming into this role to do,” he said. “I sat here and paid attention to every word everyone said, whether for or in opposition to everything that was done.”

Planning Commission Chairman Bob Whitaker said, “He will have some large shoes to fill. I don’t know Chris particularly well yet, but I look forward to getting to know him better and he’ll have lots of folks that can help him get up to speed. I’m sure he will serve very well.”

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