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Comprehensive plan now online, public hearing set

Download the draft of the
2009 Middlesex Comprehensive Plan.

After more than three years of work, the draft of the 2009 Middlesex Comprehensive Plan is ready for a public hearing by the Middlesex County Planning Commission. The hearing will be Thursday, June 11, at 7 p.m. in the Historic Courthouse in Saluda.

The 2009 update would replace the existing 2001 Comprehensive Plan as the county’s strategic planning document and blueprint for the future. The proposed plan is more specific than the current version.

The draft comprehensive plan is the culmination of about three years of citizen input and work by the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee and Middlesex Planning Commission.

The plan is still a draft and, after the planners are finished, it will be sent to the Middlesex Board of Supervisors, which will hold a public hearing later and then consider a final draft for adoption.

The June 11 planning commission meeting will be a chance for the public to comment on the comprehensive plan.

Contact the planning office at 758-3382 for more information.

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In 2007 there were 76 active farms in Middlesex County, a decrease of about 25 percent since 2002 when there were 101 farms, according to the county’s draft comprehensive plan. The plan will be the subject of a public hearing by the planning commission on June 11. Above, freshly cut hay makes wavy patterns near Christchurch.  (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

posted 06.01.2009

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