|Consultants charged with developing a comprehensive land-use plan for Rutherford County want to hear from the community.
Parsons Brinkerhoff has been busy the last few months talking to stakeholders and researching previous area land-use plans to develop a course of action for the countywide plan.
“Capturing public input is a critical element in development of the County’s Comprehensive Plan,” Rutherford County Planning Director Doug Demosi said.
Last month the group launched an online survey and now it has added a blog at www.rutherfordcountytn.gov/planning/comp_plan.htm, where the community can answer questions.
“A blog is a Web-based tool that allows interactive feedback on various discussion topics,” Demosi explained.
“Planning topics will be posted every couple of weeks to gain insight about the various issues to be addressed with the county’s comprehensive plan and will serve as a connection between the consultant team and the community,” he continued.
With community input, the comprehensive land-use plan will become the policy foundation for all future planning in the unincorporated areas of Rutherford County.
After the plan is developed, the county will then begin reformulating its zoning code and subdivision regulations.
Overall the land-use plan will address protecting the county’s water supply, character, farm land, and natural and cultural resources, while positioning the county to take advantage of economic development opportunities by using innovative planning techniques, keeping housing affordable and allowing small-scale green energy efforts.
Dealing with the county’s exponential growth will also be a challenge with the new plan.
To keep up with the comprehensive plan’s progress, visit www.rutherfordcountytn.gov/planning.