At approximately three-quarters of the way through the meeting the Chairman initiated a discussion of the plan update process. This discussion gave Committee members a chance to evaluate progress and methods for reviewing the current plan.
To view a copy of the meeting summary please click here. The Committee’s next meeting will be held on Monday, August 27th at 6:00pm at the Moore County Senior Enrichment Center. All steering committee meetings are open to the public. Interested parties are welcome and encouraged to attend and speak during the public comment period. A public comment period is scheduled at the end of each meeting.
On Tuesday, August 21, 2012 following a request submitted by Ms. Linda Gore to the Moore County Board of Commissioners the Board voted in favor to replace Ms. Linda Gore on the Steering Committee with the newly hired Moore County Cooperative Extension Director, Mr. Stephen Greer. Mr. Greer will represent the Moore County Cooperative Extension Office on the Committee and serve as an ex-officio member. The Steering Committee’s next meeting will be held on Monday, August 27th, 2012 at 6:00pm. To view a copy of the Committee’s next meeting agenda, please click here.
Robert Hayter, Chair
My statements at one portion of the July 30 meeting were somewhat misstated in the meeting summary. My comments were to the effect that some Committee members' proposals that the Plan establish policy that development and growth should be directed to municipal areas is overly restrictive. I made the point that (a) land for development is being exhausted within municipal town limits, (b) municipalities often have restrictive zoning laws and development ordinances which can deter desirable developments, (c) development will naturally occur where infrastructure such as water has been constructed, and (d) most city/county water system buildout has occurred around and near municipal boundaries anyway. Consequently, many businesses and developers may prefer to locate outside municipal boundaries, but, in doing so, they will naturally locate in those adjacent areas where utilities and infrastructure encourage such development. Then the municipal governments will naturally tend to ultimately annex such developments and expand. This is how towns and cities naturally grow.
So, stating a policy to steer major development projects toward municipal areas is unnecessary and overkill. The infrastructure projects of the county and municipalities will naturally steer major development into those areas.
I encourage more of the public to attend and give input to these important meetings.
You can listen to the audio recording of the July 30 meeting using the link below.