Comprehensive plan meetings set for Tazewell County

Staff Writer
Washington Times-Reporter

Tazewell County is updating its comprehensive plan, and county officials are seeking residents’ input during the process.

To facilitate this effort, Tazewell County is hosting a series of public meetings beginning next week. Residents will have the opportunity to learn about the comprehensive planning process, review data on growth and development in the county, and speak with planners about major issues that should be addressed by the plan.

“A comprehensive plan’s most visible component is the identification of areas best suited for future development, but that is just one piece. The plan is really a blueprint for county improvement,” said Nick Hayward, a planner with the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission working on the effort. “We want to hear from the public how Tazewell County can become a better place in which to live and work.”

Three meetings will be held throughout the county. The dates, times and locations are:

• 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Library Meeting Room at Five Points, 380 N. Wilmor Rd., Washington

• 5-7 p.m. Nov. 19, Tremont District Library, 215 S. Sampson St., Tremont

• 5-7 p.m. Nov. 20, First Farmers State Bank, 301 Locust St., Delavan

All meetings will utilize an open house format, allowing residents to arrive and leave when they please.

The county’s current comprehensive plan was completed in 1996 and is used as a basis for making decisions about new development in the county. Hayward said he believes the time is right for updating the document.

“Much has changed since 1996. The economy has changed. Land uses are different. The comprehensive plan needs to reflect these changes.”

For more information about the public meetings and to take a public input survey, go to www.tricountyrpc.org, or contact Hayward at 673-9330.