How Will a Comprehensive Plan Help Bryan County?
While a comprehensive plan is not binding by law, it should be used to direct county staff and commissions in their decisions on granting rezonings and variances. The plan sets out what type of development the community believes should occur in specific areas. By following the goals and guidelines set forth in a well-developed comprehensive plan, local governments can approach contentious land use issues with an informed perspective, and the Commissioners can avoid making decisions that are incompatible with the community’s vision for its future.
Participating in the comprehensive planning process doesn’t require any prior knowledge of planning, zoning, or land use–it simply relies on your willingness to communicate with the planning staff about your observations and what you would like to see. The planning staff creates a comprehensive vision for Bryan County’s future based on the input communicated by the public.
Without your input, the plan could prioritize development in the wrong places, including meaningful spaces that should be preserved, areas with inadequate infrastructure to serve a larger population, or near resources requiring protection. The comprehensive planning process is also an opportunity to point out areas where the county can improve by updating infrastructure, implementing or expanding community services, or addressing natural resource concerns.