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FIGURING OUT THE FUTURE: On Wednesday, November 16, after six previous meetings, the County Planning Commission (pictured) is scheduled to make its final decision on the Eastern Goleta Valley's next 20 years. Critics have grumbled that commission is changing too much of what a previous committee already approved after 38 meetings. But that's the way it works, says the county's long range planning director Jeff Hunt. “We have to respect the planning process,” he said. “The Planning Commision isn't just there to rubberstamp a product. What's the benefit of that?”

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