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W’md Planning Commission completes Comprehensive Plan

After two years of effort with members of the county’s public and Northern Neck Planning District Director Jerry Davis, the Westmoreland County Planning Commission voted this Monday to accept what they consider a completed 2010-2030 Comprehensive Plan.
In September 2008 the commissioners and Davis launched the effort with a series of slide presentations in three geographically separated areas of Westmoreland. A citizen survey followed and citizens later served on committees that met with the commissioners and Davis to develop specific topics that have since been incorporated as part of the completed document.

This Monday afternoon Davis distributed to the commissioners the last of the updated land use maps. The text had been completed and posted on the Westmoreland 2030.org web page previously.
The Oct. 4 commission action only took a matter of minutes. Davis advised that route numbers had been added to the plan’s final set of maps.
Commission Chairman John Felt noted that the existing Comprehensive Plan materials are unbound. He then asked Davis if the District Planning Office expected to deliver bound documents after the county’s Board of Supervisors formally approves the plan. Davis explained that the District Planning Office has its own binder, and Felt was satisfied.
A roll call vote was taken and the commission’s decision to adopt the document was unanimous.
“We need to thank Jerry Davis for all the hard work his office has performed to date,” Westmoreland County Planning Director Robert Fink said.
Felt and the other Planning Commissioners expressed their gratitude. The District Planning Office coordinated the county’s two-year long comprehensive planning office and compiled the text and set of maps.
“Thank you, Jerry, for all the work you and your office did,” John Felt commented.
“You really did a lot of work. We appreciate it very much.”
Davis made it known that the appreciation was mutual.
“We appreciate it. You have been an easy group to work with,” Davis told the Westmoreland County Planning Commissioners.
Next week the Westmoreland Supervisors will be given copies of the Comprehensive Plan. Board members will review the text and set of maps and will then conduct an advertised public hearing of their own.
As was previously noted, the completed document and set of maps are posted on the Westmoreland 2030 Internet web page and hard copies are available in the county’s Land Use Office for the public to review.
The current Comprehensive Plan was adopted in 1999. Its adoption was followed by creation of new sets of zoning and subdivision regulations. In 2010 the commission’s consideration of new land use regulations already has begun. Land use practices must conform to the intentions stated in a jurisdiction’s Comprehensive Plan.
The public hearing the supervisors are expected to conduct later this year will be the public’s final change to object to specific aspects of the land use practices and intentions that are reflected in the final document. Changes can still be introduced as a result of the public hearing that the Board of Supervisors will conduct.

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