At their October 22 regular meeting the Board of Commissioners discussed the draft comprehensive plan. Leigh Anne King and Nate Baker of Clarion Associates, the project’s lead consultant team, provided an overview presentation and facilitated a discussion of the plan’s content. Clarion Associates described the extensive public engagement process that informed the plan, also explaining the plan’s linkages to the topics discussed by the Board of Commissioners at their recent mini-retreat.
The plan contains a number of initiatives that will further the community’s expressed aims and align with commissioners’ interests, including:
- Exploring strategies to directly conserve open space outside of the development process (Goal 2.2);
- Intentionally managing growth and ensuring it’s sensitive to the surrounding context (Goals 2.1, 2.4, 2.5);
- Furthering sustainability efforts in a deliberate manner (Goal 2.3);
- Boldly and creatively addressing housing issues (Goal 5.2); and
- Adopting the use of Key Metrics or performance targets that track progress over time and enable the community to set future goals (Pgs. 56, 72, 87, 104).
These topics as well as their corresponding goals, policies, and actions listed in the plan featured prominently in the commissioners’ discussion. Importantly, these themes are woven throughout the plan and not limited to a singular goal or set of goals – a thoughtful observation shared by the town’s advisory boards when they reviewed the plan on Monday, October 7.
Looking ahead, the project team is preparing for the plan to be released on Thursday, October 31. This kicks off a two-week public comment period – which features an interactive public workshop on Thursday, November 7 – prior to the plan moving into its next phase (adoption). Staff will be at the Davidson Farmers Market the next two weekends to help spread the word about these upcoming events – so stop by to say hi and learn more about the process!