Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tazewell County Comprehensive Plan

Press Release: Tazewell County hosting final public meetings for new comprehensive plan
For Immediate Release
February 22, 2011

Tazewell County is finishing its new comprehensive plan, and the County wants residents’ input on the final product.

The County is hosting two public meetings to allow residents to review and comment on the proposed comprehensive plan. The comprehensive plan outlines goals for future county improvement, lists actions the County can take to achieve the goals, and includes a future land use map to guide future development. Residents will have the opportunity to review both the written document and the future land use map at the public meetings.

Two public meetings will be held:

·        Monday February 28
Library Meeting Room at Five Points
380 N. Wilmor Rd.
Washington

·        Wednesday March 2
Tremont District Library
215 S. Sampson St.
Tremont

The meetings will last from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and utilize an open house format, allowing residents to arrive and leave when they please.

The public meetings will culminate a two-and-a-half year effort to update the previous comprehensive plan that was adopted in 1996. The planning process began in the summer of 2008. A first round of public meetings was held in November of that year to gather residents’ input. A survey was also used to gather public input to inform the plan’s recommendations.

The goals and actions put forth in the new comprehensive plan are organized under six different themes. The themes are major topic areas important to the County’s future. The plan’s six themes are: Serving a Changing Population; Agriculture; Quality Sustainable Development; Illinois River and Waterways; Economic Development; and Coordinated Land Use.  

A new future land use map is also put forth in the comprehensive plan. The county’s existing future land use map was created in 2003. Although there are some changes, the new future land use map reflects the County’s ongoing desire to focus new development near existing development and protect agricultural areas.

For more information about the public meetings, please contact Nick Hayward of Tri-County Regional Planning Commission at 673-9330 or nhayward@tricountyrpc.org

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