County to hold growth meetings

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By Alice Du Pont

If you want to have a say in how and where the county is going to grow, plan to attend one of six meetings sponsored by the county's growth management department over the next four weeks. These meetings are designed to help residents decide what they want the county to look like in the future and how they want their own properties to look.

“It's important that we get as much public participation as we can. Through these meetings we will develop a (growth) plan for Gadsden County," said Howard Douglas, county growth management director.

The meetings are a starting point for citizens to actively participate in the comprehensive plan at the beginning of the process. Every seven years, the state of Florida requires that each county re-evaluate its comprehensive plan. While everyone is welcome at the meetings, Douglas said, these meetings affect those people living in the unincorporated areas most because each city is required to address its own comprehensive plan.

"These meetings are going to allow our citizens the chance to have their opinions heard. The comprehensive plan is important to everyone because it is the blueprint for the future," Douglas said, adding, "Citizens will have the opportunity to get all of their questions answered."

Each meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on the following dates and at these locations: Jan. 22, at the Bear Creek Educational Facility, 8125 Pat Thomas Parkway; Jan. 26, Havana Public Library, 203 5th Avenue East; Jan. 29, Gretna City Hall; Feb. 2, West Gadsden High School; and Feb. 5, county commission chambers, West Jefferson Street.

For more information, call Douglas at 875-8663.