Comprehensive plan presented
Published 12:14 pm Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Supervisors and council members from Lunenburg County, the towns of Victoria and Kenbridge, planning commission members and representatives of the Commonwealth Regional Council (CRC) came together Thursday to hear a presentation and participate in a workshop about the county’s comprehensive plan.
The workshop was held during the Lunenburg Board of Supervisors meeting.
No action was taken following the workshop, CRC Executive Director Melody Foster said.
“We did a Powerpoint where we gave a snapshot of what’s included in the plan,” Foster said. “We wanted to give them some information about what’s included in the plan so far … We focused in on the land use section, special policy areas and goals, objectives and strategies.”
Foster said county representatives received the documentation on those sections ahead of the meeting to review and better provide input on those issues. County representatives can pass on suggestions or input to the comprehensive plan committee, where the suggestions can be taken into consideration for the finalized plan.
Victoria Town Council member Greg Elam said the workshop included each of the three governmental organizations that included Lunenburg Board of Supervisors, Victoria Town Council and Kenbridge Town Council, and the area planning commissions.
A meeting to finalize the comprehensive plan and take public comment is expected to take place during the Board of supervisors’ January or February meetings, Kenbridge Town Manager Robyn Fowler said. The committee is expected to meet in December and present each member of the comprehensive plan committee with the final document.
Members of the comprehensive plan committee include County Administrator Tracy Gee, Love’s Mill Supervisor Edward Pennington, County Executive Assistant Gail Gregoric, County Attorney Frank Rennie, Kenbridge Town Manager Robyn Fowler, Vice Mayor Ken Blackburn, Kenbridge Planning Commission member Eileen Duffy, Victoria Town Manager Rodney Newton and Victoria Planning Commission member Ronald Mattox.
County Administrator and Deputy Administrator Tracy Gee and Nicole Clark said a summary of the comprehensive plan can be found in the November meeting board packet on the county’s website at lunenburgva.org.
Foster said the initial goal was to finalize the plan in December, but they had been delayed due to effects from Tropical Storm Michael.
According to a copy of the presentation given by the CRC Thursday, plans to strengthen the county economy include improving public infrastructure such as roads and utilities, promoting entrepreneurship, supporting area small businesses and attracting new industries and retail options.
The top five community issues reported by approximately 320 people who responded to a survey include employment opportunities, education, economic development, internet/cell service and retail and services, according to the presentation.
County residents who participated in workshops earlier this year for the comprehensive plan emphasized supporting economic growth while maintaining the rural and community-oriented characteristics of the county. Participants also emphasized removing vacant buildings and keeping out large landfills, according to the presentation.