Over a roughly two year period starting in the Fall of 2021, County staff will work with community residents, topic experts, local leaders, groups, and stakeholders to create The Plan through a significant public engagement process.
That process will include a variety of ways for residents to provide input and be involved, including in-person and virtual events, meetings, focus groups, surveys, and other opportunities. The goal is to reach all residents of the county in a way that is inclusive, whether that be by meeting residents where they live or work, coordinating with community liaisons, or taking different schedules, languages, and accessibility needs into account to help people access the planning process.
Steering Committee of 23 local residents from various background will work with staff throughout the process to provide their insight and expertise, give feedback on the process and draft documents, and act as a sounding board.
A planning Consulting firm will provide professional services to the County and help guide the process. They will also develop a robust public engagement plan. Past planning efforts, the history of the County, available data, and current land use tools and regulations will be included in their evaluation. A needs assessment will be developed which identifies gaps or conflicts between current Ordinances or policies and recommended items. With ongoing input from residents, Committees, and County Boards, staff and the Consultant will create a draft plan to present to the Board of Commissioners for final review and adoption.