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The Macon County Board of Commissioners have revised the county Planning Board’s comprehensive plan draft on May 31. The 164-page comprehensive plan applies to the development and growth of the county for the next 20 years, and was submitted to the board last April after nearly two years in the making.

Before a packed room of Macon residents and advisory subcommittee members, commissioners reviewed the language of the plan, from pages 64 to 133, which covered “the meat of the program,” as chairman Brian McClellan called it. Commissioners deliberated over supporting economic development and public services and improving sewer, water, land use policies and construction regulations.

At greater depth, the plan includes an exhaustive analysis of the county’s history, population and economic trends and gives recommendations for future growth in five major areas. More than 50 committee volunteers, including the 11 members of the planning board, collectively invested more than 1,000 hours over the past year to produce the plan.

Besides a general survey, meetings were held in communities around the county as well as with a number of stakeholder groups, in the development of the plan, which has been likened to a “playbook” by county planner Derek Roland. “It contains a vision for the future which has been derived from what the people of Macon County have told us,” said Roland in April. “It contains recommendations as to how we can achieve that vision.”

Tuesday’s meeting largely revolved around omitting redundancies from the text and clarifying the county’s position in each section of the plan.

“This plan is to be used as input for future reference ... it is a living document,” said commissioner Kevin Corbin, reminding the public that it is subject to change.

Commissioners will continue refinement of the plan at their June 2 meeting, however changes made to the draft may be seen online at Maconnc.org by the first of the week.





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