SARAH LOWERY, STAFF WRITER
Citizens will have a chance to offer input about how they want the community to evolve in coming years during two sessions the Lincoln County Planning Board plans to conduct.
â€œThe purpose of the sessions is to identify community issues, values and assets as well as to gather thoughts on future development,â€ according to an announcement sent to the Times-News on Wednesday.
Board members hope to hear ideas regarding types of services, facilities and development desired by residents, in addition to what aspects of the county should be protected and preserved.
They also want to know how proper planning can help in making the community a better place to live and do business.
Randy Williams of the Planning and Inspections Department described the scheduled meetings as â€œlistening sessions.â€
He said the idea originated with the board as a way to reach out to the community and hear from citizens.
Though Williams said he couldnâ€™t pinpoint an expected number of attendees for the two sessions, he said the boardâ€™s meetings generally cover specific items, such as development issues or rezoning requests. The upcoming sessions will instead be of a much more general nature.
The Planning Board will use ideas gathered to assist in reviewing the Lincoln County land-use plan, last updated in 2007. The land-use plan â€œdescribes where and how the county sees itself growing and serves as a basis for decisions on proposed development plans and rezoning requests,â€ the announcement explained.
It also includes objectives, strategies, guiding principles and future land-use maps.
The two sessions will take place 7 p.m. Nov. 3 in the cafeteria of West Lincoln High School and 7 p.m. Nov. 10 the Rock Springs Elementary School cafeteria.