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The Grayson County Planning Commission is developing a "good roadmap to the future" through its yearlong effort to update its comprehensive plan.
"The goal is to produce an action-based plan that addresses the current needs and future challenges," said Elaine Holeton, director of the county’s Department of Planning and Community Development.
State code requires each locality in Virginia to draft a comprehensive plan at least once every 10 years. Grayson’s last plan was drafted in 2005, with re-adoption in 2009.
The new plan should be complete by October and presented to the Grayson County Board of Supervisors for approval by January 2014.
The process began last fall, when a leadership survey was distributed to more than 150 individuals active in the fields including agriculture, economy, health care and education. This survey was used to identify the county’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. The results of this leadership survey produced common themes that were then used to design the citizen survey.
The Grayson County Citizen Survey became active on Jan. 25 and will be available through March 25 for all citizens of the county. Citizens are encouraged to participate by visiting www.plangrayson.com, or by completing the paper surveys available at one of 12 participating locations across the county.
“In order to get citizens’ input, we are locating boxes in key locations throughout the county with a questionnaire about how you would like to see the county develop over the next 20 years," said Dr. Palmer Fant, chairman of the planning commission.
“This is your chance to express your opinion on important issues facing the county,” Fant said in a news release. “Your participation is urgently needed and will be greatly appreciated.”
The new comprehensive plan will feature a fresh approach and design by presenting the content in a highly readable, web-friendly format. The pages have been termed "focus pages," as each page of the plan will address common topics and data with easy-to-read formatting.
Once completed, the pages in the plan can be used by residents, prospective businesses, researchers and others to access data about the county's history, demographics, agriculture, public services, potential for business development and more.
“We take citizen input very seriously and do so because we think it is essentially important in providing direction in how we provide services, dedicate limited resources and shape our overall community,” said County Administrator Jonathan Sweet. “This survey is an open invitation and opportunity for our citizenry to share their perspectives and effectively help develop one of our largest planning instruments that we will use in charting the future of the county.”
TAKE THE SURVEY
Residents of the county can follow the progress of the plan as it develops by visiting www.plangrayson.com. For more information, contact the Department of Planning and Community Development at (276) 773-2471, ext. 110. In addition to the online option, the three-page citizen survey can be picked up at any of the following locations:
• Whitetop Library — 16309 Highland Pkwy — 388-2873
• Grant Computing Center — 840 Grange Hall Rd. — 221-1716
• Loghouse Trading Post — 4013 Troutdale Hwy. — 579-4440
• Galyean Plumbing & Electrical — 3321 Skyline Hwy. — 236-8881
• D&J Hobby Center — 106 Nuckolls Curve Rd. — 233-6852
• Baywood Market — 10405 Grayson Parkway — 236-0827
Elk Creek District
• Grayson County Courthouse — 129 Davis St. — 773-2471
• Grayson County Public Library — S. Independence Ave. — 773-3018
• 21 Grocery — 9345 Elk Creek Parkway — 655-4780
• Star Market — 2406 Scenic Rd. — 744-2501
• Fries Library — 105 W. Main St. — 744-3160
• Fries Town Hall — Main Street, Fries — 744-2231
Grayson County thanked these locations for assistance in providing the space for survey boxes.