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Workshops next month on comprehensive plan
Both will cover future land use
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Forsyth County News


Forsyth County will continue its update of the comprehensive plan by holding two community workshops in March.

The meetings, which will focus on the future development map, are the third and fourth of seven sessions where the public can help shape the comprehensive plan.

The first two workshops, which covered issues and opportunities, were held in late 2010.

The updated comprehensive plan will serve as a policy guide for decisions related to growth and land use for the years 2012-32.

The March workshops will focus on preferred future land use in the 20-year window.

Residents will get a chance in the open-house format to review information and offer input on the topic.

The first of next month's two workshops will be held March 7 at Brookwood Elementary.

The second will be March 14 at Coal Mountain Elementary. Both meetings are scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m.

The same content will be covered at each of the workshops, which were scheduled at different schools for convenience, said Vanessa Bernstein, the county's senior long-range planner.

“A crucial component of the process is hearing from local individuals and institutions interested in the future direction of Forsyth County," Bernstein said.

"Their input is invaluable to the public planning process as they will ultimately be affected by the plan’s recommendations.” 

A steering committee will meet Wednesday to share feedback from the first two meetings with the project management team.

The committee will continue to meet throughout the process.

This state-required update has a deadline of June 30, 2012.

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