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New Comprehensive Plan Presented In Alexander County

Alexander County will soon have a new “road map” for the future upon approval of the new comprehensive plan. Brian Burgess, Director of Planning & Development, presented an update at the Monday (March 4) meeting of the Alexander County Board of Commissioners.

Burgess said the new plan was completed in-house with input from the public, a steering committee, and the planning board, which recommends approval by commissioners. A public hearing will be scheduled for the April 8 meeting.

To gather public input, a series of community meetings was held and an online survey was conducted. The online survey tallied 644 complete responses on a variety of topics that are covered in the new plan.

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 explained that goals are “big picture,” while objectives are more focused, and strategies are some ways to meet the goals.

A draft of the comprehensive plan is available on the county’s website at

[News release courtesy of Alexander County Government]