Comprehensive plan updated

Published 1:44 pm Wednesday, April 25, 2018


Commonwealth Regional Council (CRC) Community Development Planner Andre V. Gilliam presented an update to the Lunenburg County/Town of Kenbridge/Town of Victoria Comprehensive Plan during the council’s April 18 meeting

“We are still compiling that information from the community meetings,” Gilliam said during the meeting.

The last update to the comprehensive plan for the county and two towns, according to a previous Dispatch report, was in 2012.

The board packet for the meeting cited that information from the meetings, held in January and February at Central High School, the Victoria Public Library and the Kenbridge Community Center, will be compiled into a summary report.

The report will “focus on the presentation material, (Preserving, Adding, Removing and Keep Out), PARK exercises, Mapping exercise, result of exercises and the attendees,” the board packet cited.

Items that members of the county suggested preserving at a Feb. 22 comprehensive plan community meeting at the Victoria Public Library included a low tax rate; relaxed ordinances for land and lawns; a rural environment; access to the area health care centers; the area parks and historical buildings and friendly people.

Aspects members of the county suggested adding were reliable internet and phone service; dry cleaners and tailors; automotive care; recreation centers and activities for senior citizens and adults, including a gym; places that sell coffee and ice cream; expand the area parks; health care with a specialization in substance abuse treatment; clothing stores; a drive-in movie theater; fast-food and sit-down restaurants; upgraded law enforcement; grocery stores with prepared meals and centers that teach life skills for young adults.

Participants highlighted blight, such as vacant buildings or litter on the roads, as something that could be fixed or removed from the county. Participants suggested keeping away crime, drugs, litter, stray animals, industries that would pollute the air, poverty and blighted properties.

“The CRC is still updating and consulting with other agencies to have complete key items, as well as adding information from the committee and the community meetings to the overall Plan document,” the board packet cited.

The next working committee meeting for the comprehensive plan is scheduled for Thursday, at Victoria Town Hall at 3:30 p.m.