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Originally published: 2013-08-26 11:42:58
Last modified: 2013-08-26 11:43:41

Blowing Rock seeks input on comprehensive plan

by Jeff Eason

For more than a year, Blowing Rock leaders have been working on the Blowing Rock Comprehensive Plan to determine the direction of the village for the next 10 to 20 years.


Now, Blowing Rock is looking for input from its citizens to help shape that direction.


The town of Blowing Rock will hold a public input meeting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the Blowing Rock School auditorium. The entrance to the auditorium is on Sunset Drive.


People not able to attend that meeting will have an opportunity to express their concerns at Blowing Rock Town Hall from noon until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27.


The Town of Blowing Rock's Comprehensive Plan is designed to serve as both a physical and policy plan to guide the town in its future decision making concerning issues such as land use and development, preservation of natural environment, recreation and cultural resources, economic development, municipal services, transportation, and regional cooperation with other municipalities and Watauga County.


Blowing Rock last put together a comprehensive plan in 2004 and intends to build upon the foundation of that plan as a starting point to develop the updated plan.


The comprehensive plan update process began with a community survey that was completed in the fall of 2012. The results of that survey and subsequent analysis were compiled by the North Carolina State University Center for Urban Affairs.


Town leaders will utilize those survey results, a public visioning process, and the current comprehensive plan to develop an updated plan that provides policy direction for the next one to two decades.


The goal of the comprehensive plan is to establish meaningful and achievable goals, as well as strategies for the implementation of the new plan.


To learn more about the new comprehensive plan, visit http://www.benchmarkplanning.com/blowingrock.


For more information on Tuesday's public meeting at Blowing Rock School, call Blowing Rock Town Hall at (828) 295-5200.