Planning commission asking for the public's input
HUNTINGTON -- If you've ever had an opinion on the direction of Cabell County, now is the time to make it heard.
The Cabell County Planning Commission is seeking input from any resident, property owner or business owner in rural Cabell County in creating a comprehensive plan that, in part, addresses land use, housing, transportation, public services, recreation, economic development and historical preservation.
The planning commission, established in September 2013, had its first public meeting Thursday at the Cabell County Courthouse to lay out its plan on collecting input and putting it together in a document that will serve as a guideline for the county over the next 10 to 20 years.
"We're only as good as the data we've got so we need your data, we need your input, we need everything you've got on your mind that you want to see for the future of Cabell County," said Theresa Litteral, the project manager. "It's really important to put this document together and we need to do this as a whole, as a community."
West Virginia State Code requires municipalities and counties adopt a comprehensive plan prior to the enactment of subdivision and land development ordinances and/or zoning ordinances.
Huntington, Barboursville and Milton each have their own longterm plans, so the Cabell County plan will only apply to areas outside of those city limits.
Specific goals and objectives will be developed along with a time frame for implementation.
The planning commission has partnered with Mountwest Community and Technical College, for which Litteral is an assistant professor, and has until June 2015 to complete the plan before submitting it to the county commissioners.
Dr. Michael Newsome, a economics professor at Marshall University, offered information he gathered from a survey he and his students conducted throughout the county.
"We've been working with the planning commission to try to provide some information other than what you can find on [a geographic information system]," he said. "We did a survey back in the spring where we went to individual households, knocked door-to-door. All these points that need to be covered are covered in the survey. We have very detailed information on what people think about these things."
Commodore Tony Martin, president of the planning commission, said a dynamic team of individuals has been selected for the committee, but community input is most important; therefore, the group will travel to different parts of the county to have public meetings seeking opinions and ideas.
At least four meetings will take place. No dates have been set at this point. For more information on the plan, visit www.cabellcountyplan.com.
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The following are members of the Cabell County Planning Commission established in Sept. 2013:
Commodore Tony Martin, president
Dr. Cheryl Brown, vice president
Dorsey "Bud" Daniels Jr.
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