Grassland begins special area plan process
By Carole Robinson, Staff Writer
The first in a series of Public Involvement Meetings for residents of the Grassland Village Special Area Plan will be held Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. in the Grassland Middle School cafeteria. Grassland Village Area is the third of the four identified villages in the county to develop a plan, which is designed to preserve, protect and enhance the unique character each village as prescribed under the 2007 Williamson County Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
“At this meeting we are trying to establish what the community feels are the issues they are facing,” said Williamson County Planner, Katy Rucker. “We are coming in with a blank slate and no preconceived ideas.”
The Special Area Plans are an integral part of the 20-year Comprehensive Plan – a vision for Williamson County adopted in 2007. In the plan, county officials expanded the planning process to include collaboration with residents in unincorporated communities because the areas are defined and unique enough to be preserved.
Collaboration between county government and community members allows the community to directly shape the vision, goals and objectives reflecting its values and making it the community’s plan for the next 20 years.
Officials are using the same process in Grassland they used in College Grove and Leiper’s Fork Special Areas. Triune residents will be the last to develop their plans.
At the second meeting categorized ideas from the community will be funneled and ranked as agreed upon ideas emerge, then goals and objectives tailored to the community will be developed leading to the vision.
“We are trying to have the community say what is important,” Rucker said.
Issues the community will address include appropriate land uses, design and character of the land, historic preservation, transportation and infrastructure needs. Participants will be asked to develop a framework towards incorporating and updating standards – if it is decided changes in standards are needed. Some of the standards date back to 1988.
Before the plan is presented to the County Commission for adoption and endorsement, there will be opportunities for the community to read it and provide additional input.
Community members who wish to be involved but are unable to attend the meeting may ask questions on the planning department’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/grasslandplan or send a message.
For more information about the Special Area Plan or the process, contact Rucker at 790-5725 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information my also be accessed at www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov.
Contact Carole Robinson at email@example.com.
Posted on: 1/24/2013