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February 26, 2013

Fayetteville continues fine-tuning vision for comprehensive plan

FAYETTEVILLE — Fayetteville made another step toward envisioning its future Monday when residents met with a land use planner about the creation of their comprehensive plan.

Christy Demuth led a discussion of the town’s draft vision statement, as well as current and future land use, at a meeting of the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

Demuth is a land use planner with the West Virginia University Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic, which is helping the town prepare its plan.

The vision statement describes a thriving, pedestrian-friendly downtown with bike lanes and hiking trails that “embraces its natural and historical resources” and develops partnerships with neighboring communities.

The statement is followed by goals like fostering an efficient and safe multi-modal transportation system, and encouraging sustainable business development.

The goals are then broken down into slightly more specific objectives such as preserving open space and revitalizing the central business district.

“The whole plan will revolve around this vision statement, and these goals and objectives,” said Demuth.

The half-dozen residents in attendance added their two cents and suggested revisions to the document.

Among the topics discussed were the many kinds of infrastructure that need to be addressed in the plan, including wastewater, communications, electricity, and roads.

Demuth says she will make changes to the document based on residents’ comments and bring it to the March meeting.

Attendees then shifted gears to a mapping exercise in which they gathered around maps prepared by Demuth and discussed existing and future land use.

They looked at potential areas for conservation, redevelopment, new development, and annexation.

The vision statement, maps, and many more materials can be found on the plan’s webpage, http://fayettevilleplan.

You can also stay updated on the initiative on Facebook at https: //   /visionfayetteville.

The next comprehensive planning meeting will be at 6 p.m. March 25. The agenda will include revised goals and a discussion of transportation.

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