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Comprehensive Plan Approved By Alexander County Commissioners

The Alexander County Board of Commissioners approved the 2045 Alexander County Comprehensive Plan as presented by Planning & Development Director Brian Burgess. The plan was approved at their Monday (April 8) meeting. Burgess also presented a draft copy of the Land Development Code.

Burgess said that a county must have a comprehensive plan in order to enforce zoning. The new plan was completed in-house with input from the public, a steering committee, and the planning board.

Chapters of the comprehensive plan include land use, transportation, economic development, housing, public services, environment & recreation, and historic & cultural resources. Each chapter includes a narrative that explains the logic behind the recommendations, as well as a tiered system of goals, objectives, and strategies.

Burgess then reviewed the draft Land Development Code (LDC). Articles of the LDC include general provisions, zoning, subdivisions, public facilities, landscape design, general standards, signs, natural resources, nonconformities, decision-making bodies, review processes, enforcement/violations/appeals, nuisances, legal status, and definitions.

The Alexander County Planning Board will meet on Thursday, April 11, to consider the LDC and to make a recommendation to the Board of Commissioners for their May 6th meeting. The 2045 Alexander County Comprehensive Plan and the draft Land Development Code are available on the county website at https://alexandercountync.gov/departments/planning.