The New River Gorge Regional Development Authority is working with Fayette County officials to facilitate progress on the 2021 Fayette County comprehensive plan.
To help move the process along, the NRGRDA has made available a pre-survey that can be accessed online by interested individuals. It is available at https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/18912d96c50f40bda0519988720febac. If people don't wish to fill out the survey but still want to receive updates on the progress, they can simply provide an email address.
The survey lists the following potential tools to aid growth in the county, and it asks respondents to pick the five areas most important to them. Options include:
• Land use
• Public services
• Economic development
• Community design
• Preferred development areas
• Renewal or redevelopment areas
• Historic preservation
Survey respondents are also asked to supply demographic information such as their age group and zip code. They will also be asked to indicate up to three roles with which they identify in their community, such as hunter/sportsman, retiree, business owner, parent, educator, health care provider or others.
Respondents can also register to receive updates from the Fayette County comprehensive plan project team and the NRGRDA as the plan moves forward.
Jenna Grayson, the NRGRDA's manager of strategic partnerships, said the aim is to secure widespread community involvement in developing a solid comprehensive plan for the county. Some pockets of the county have shown good response so far, and outreach efforts will be made where response may be lagging. County residents are urged to take part.
In addition to the pre-survey, officials will reach out in other manners to seek community involvement, said Grayson.
The Fayette County comprehensive plan project team will meet soon to assess firm selection. The 10-year plan is slated to go before the Fayette County Planning Commission in November and the Fayette County Commission in December, according to Grayson.
— Steve Keenan