The League of Women Voters Release the following this week in regard to the 2045 Comprehensive Plan.
LWVHC has been closely following the work of the Henderson County Planning Department and County Commission regarding the 2045 Comprehensive Plan.
The current draft of the Plan raises serious concerns which align with the findings of our partner organization, Mountain True. We are asking League members to take action NOW Here is a short list of vital concerns and points to make:
Overall plans are good, but the most recent Plan draft weakened the County's position on conserving and protecting the rural character and agriculture.
The Plan lacks an Implementation Section (who, when, how) which is critical for ensuring that the broad goals will actually be reached.
Several key items were stripped from the most recent draft: a firm commitment to creating a Preservation Fund; any mention of climate change; and firm language to support a strong steep slopes construction code .
You can find a more complete summary of concerns in Mountain True's open letter to the Commissioners.
What You Can Do:
Write an email to the Commissioners about your concerns: David Hill – email@example.com William Lapsley – firstname.lastname@example.org Rebecca McCall – email@example.com Mike Edney – firstname.lastname@example.org Daniel Andreotta – email@example.com
Attend a meeting and speak about your concerns on January 3rd at 5:30 at their first 2023 Commission meeting. Or on subsequent February meetings: Tuesday, January 3, 2023 – 5:30 p.m., County Commission @ 1 Historic Courthouse Sq. Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 9:30 a.m. (all-day budget meeting) – County Commission @ 1 Historic Courthouse Sq. Monday, February 6, 2023 – 5:30 p.m., County Commission @ 1 Historic Courthouse Sq. Wednesday, February 15, 2023 – 9:30 a.m., County Commission @ 1 Historic Courthouse Sq.
Submit a letter to the editor (LTE) of the Times News about your concerns. LTE guidelines: A 200-word count maximum. The deadline for letters each week is noon on Wednesday. The best email to send letters to is firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your address and phone number with your signature.
Thank you for advocating for our County's future.
Brenda J. Sherrer, LWVHC President Rachel Poller, Home & Observer Team Chair