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County planners seeking feedback
Comprehensive plan meeting Thursday
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going
• What: Comprehensive plan kick-off public information meeting
• When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday
• Where: County Administration Building, 110 E. Main St.
• Online:

Future meetings:
Both meetings will take place at 6 p.m. at the County Administration Building.
• Nov. 16: Issues and Opportunities Part 1
• Dec. 13: Issues and Opportunities Part 2

The guide to Forsyth County’s future is undergoing an update, and county leaders are seeking input from the public.

The county’s planning and development department will hold its comprehensive plan kick-off public information meeting Thursday.

The plan serves as a policy guide as the county makes decisions related to growth and land use.

“It is the community’s vision for the desired shape and distribution of growth and, therefore, affects anyone vested in the county’s future,” said Vanessa Bernstein, senior long range planner.

Every decade, the state requires local governments to update their comprehensive plans.

The meeting will be the first step toward making the adoption deadline of June 30, 2012.

During Thursday’s event, staff will present an overview of the process and its importance, as well as informing the public on how to get involved.

Those who attend will also have a period to ask questions, Bernstein said.

From November to August 2011, the county will also hold seven community workshop meetings where the public will get a chance to provide input toward shaping the comprehensive plan, which will represent the county’s outlook for the years 2012-32.

Input from public participation meetings will go toward forming a portion of the plan called the community agenda.

A steering committee will also meet throughout the process to provide feedback to the project management team based on public and staff input.

The last major update to the plan was adopted in 2004 and a partial update was completed in 2009.

A community transportation meeting at 5 p.m. Nov. 1 will influence the formation of the county’s departmental transportation plan, which Bernstein said is a “separate, but current” process to the comprehensive plan update.