The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 11, 2012

Fayetteville seeks input on town’s future

By C.V. Moore
Register-Herald Reporter

FAYETTEVILLE — Fayetteville’s planners hope a new visitor’s survey and a deadline extension for a community survey will generate some much-needed input as the town plans for its future.

“We don’t want to leave anything out that we haven’t already heard,” says the chair of Fayetteville’s Planning and Zoning Board, Dennis Hanson. “This is a destination people travel to, so we want it to be friendly and inviting to come back.”

The Fayetteville Comp Plan Community Survey for local residents to express their views on the strengths and weaknesses of their town has only generated about 40 responses from some 2,870 residents, and organizers say they need more.

“We felt that number wasn’t a real good response...and we don’t have our public meeting to go over this (the results) until January, and so we wanted to see if we couldn’t collect more data before then,” says Hanson.

The survey will help establish which issues are of most importance to the community as it creates its comprehensive plan, which establishes the town’s vision for its future and is necessary to enforce any land use ordinances.

The survey can be completed online at http://fayettevilleplan.wordpress. com/. Hard copies are available for download there, or at Town Hall.

A new survey for outside visitors is designed to help the town “better understand what people are looking for when traveling to Fayetteville.”

“Local awareness of visitors’ preferences ensures that guests will be better taken care of when visiting Fayetteville while aiding local business in assuring their products and services reflect the wants of town guests,” reads the survey.

“We’re trying to get a little more insight not only on what we perceive but what other people perceive who are here for shorter times, so that we can mold that into our comprehensive plan,” says Hanson.

“A lot of this area is tourism-based anyway. It’s not like we have an industrial base that’s going to keep us afloat.”

The visitor’s surveys will be available at the town’s Visitor’s Center on Court Street, the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, and some local restaurants. A booth at Bridge Day is also in the works.

The next comprehensive plan meeting for Fayetteville is Oct. 22 at Town Hall. The time will likely be moved to 7 p.m. to accommodate an earlier meeting, says Hanson.