The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


February 19, 2014

County seeking citizen input on plan

TARBORO — Citizens who are interested in the future of Edgecombe County are urged to attend the Edgecombe County Comprehensive Plan meeting 2 p.m. Friday at the county administration building. The meeting is one of several planned by the the county planning board.

The main function of the meetings are to create a new comprehensive land use plan for the county with a health and wellness component. Some of the objectives that officials are hoping to accomplish are, sidewalks and recreation areas, map existing and future land use, assess current and future recreation needs, comfort development issues, identify issues with healthy food availability and provide health and wellness initiatives.  

"These series of meetings will help make and shape the future polices," said Brian Hassell, Edgecombe County planner. "The plan will help make the county more attractive for receiving grants than before.

"In short you don't know what to ask for until you know what you've got. Grants being a tier 1 county we rely heavily on grant funding. But if you don't know what you want or what you need until someone like Brad(leigh) (Scevioeur) comes in and find things that we may need."

The county received a $15,000 Community Transformation Grant to develop the comprehensive plan. An East Carolina University professor, Jerry Weitz & Associates Inc., is overseeing the project. A senior intern at the college, Bradleigh Scevioeur, will assist Weitz.

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