LAWRENCEVILLE – The Brunswick County Board of Supervisors approved the Comprehensive Plan 2037 to guide future growth in Brunswick County including the Town of Alberta, Brodnax and Lawrenceville. The supervisors held a public hearing on the proposed plan on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 and no one spoke in opposition. Earlier the supervisors held input sessions in the five districts to provide an opportunity for citizens to comment on the proposed plan. Work sessions on the proposed plan were also held.

Planning Director George Morrison, III said the comprehensive plan is required by the state and has a 20-year horizon with 5-year windows of evaluations. Brunswick’s last plan was 2007 and it was ready for updating. The Comprehensive Plan will offer guidance for public decisions, direction for public projects, and a foundation for land management tools such as zoning.

As background the Brunswick County Planning Commission met Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 and there were no questions or comments concerning the draft of the 2037 Comprehensive Plan nor were there any further citizen concerns. The Board voted to send the 2037 Plan to the Brunswick Board of Supervisors.

The plan format has five sections with the first being purpose. The second was plan development. Community forums have been held in each district as well as an opening kickoff and the community forum this night. There were also on-line and paper surveys for vision, needs, and opportunities. Hands on meetings were held with County staff, community leaders, members of the Planning Commission, and citizens groups including Brunswick High School political science classes. By evaluating past and current trends and conditions a vision with goals can be established for the future. Visions and goals are simply the policies to be developed and followed. The third section looked at Brunswick’s history and regional influences along with demographic and economic trends.

For more information about the Comprehensive Plan call the planning office at (434) 848-0882 or the county administrator’s office at (434) 848-3107.

To read the entire article pick up the Oct. 4, 2017 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.