Saturday, February 9, 2013

Charting the Course to 2023

York County Citizens:

For most of us, “sustainability” simply means “taking steps to ensure our environment can endure for a long period of time.” The type of “Sustainability” being promoted by federal and state and local agencies is nothing short of top-down central planning that leads to higher housing costs, increased foreclosure rates, increased unoccupied housing stock, and a reduction in economic growth.

It leads to control over private property, energy use, advanced metering, Smart Meters, water use; it means government will control how hot your shower may be, how much air conditioning or heat you may use, controls on owning and using your car, controls on food production, controls on population growth, and so much more.

The policy of Agenda 21 comes in many names, such as Sustainable Development, Smart Growth, historic preservation, diversity, open space, heritage areas and comprehensive planning.  Review public comment and compare to comprehensive planning - does this plan reflect the direction you want?

The York County Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing to receive public comment on the draft updated Comprehensive Plan titled: Charting the Course to 2023: The County of York Comprehensive Plan.

The public hearing will take place at the Commission’s regular meeting on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Board Room at York Hall, 301 Main Street in Yorktown. The draft updated plan can be downloaded from the Planning Division website

The Comprehensive Plan is the long-range plan for the physical development of the county, and the Code of Virginia requires that it be reviewed at least once every five years. The five-year Comprehensive Plan review began in February 2012 with a series of community forums conducted jointly with James City County and Williamsburg, followed by public meetings in May and June that were targeted specifically to York County citizens. The Planning Commission then held a series of work sessions from June through October to review and discuss the various elements of the Plan, and a telephone survey of county residents was conducted in August to obtain statistically valid data regarding general community goals relating to the physical development of the county. These efforts culminated in the preparation of the draft updated Plan.

Those who wish to comment on the draft Plan but cannot attend the public hearing may submit their comments to the Planning Commission by using the contact information below:

Mailing Address:
York County Planning Division
P.O. Box 532
Yorktown, VA 23690-0532

Phone:  (757) 890-3404
Fax:        (757) 890-3418

The Planning Commission will consider the comments it receives before taking action on the draft Plan. Once approved by the Commission, the Plan will be transmitted to the Board of Supervisors for consideration and final adoption.

For more information, please contact the Planning Division using the information above.

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