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ENGAGE 2045: SUMMIT ON THE FUTURE
Monday, November 18, 2019
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Locations: James River Elementary School, the James City County Government Center Board Room (Building F), Jamestown High School, Berkeley Middle School, Lois Hornsby Middle School and Toano Middle School. Or participate in live polling on Cox Channels 1048 and 48 from home!
James City County invites community members to participate in the Summit on the Future from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. James City County is launching an ambitious effort to explore and affirm the vision for our community for the next 25 years. Visit the Engage 2045 website here.
The Summit will stream live from the County Government Center Board Room at 101 Mounts Bay Road, Building F. Attend there, or join the County Board of Supervisors as they host the simulcast at locations in each district: James River Elementary School (Roberts District), Jamestown High School (Berkeley District), Berkeley Middle School (Jamestown District), Hornsby Middle School (Powhatan District), and Toano Middle School (Stonehouse District).
The Summit on the Future is a key opportunity during the Comprehensive Plan update to shape the community’s future by sharing your vision and priorities. The Summit will incorporate live polling and other activities.
All ages are welcome, and there will be refreshments and door prizes. Bring your smart phone or Wi-Fi enabled device to participate in live polling (paper surveys will also be available).
Can’t attend in person? Participate in live polling on Cox Channels 1048 and 48 from home! Follow up questionnaires will also be available online after the event. Check out their Facebook Event for details too.
What is a Comprehensive Plan: Have you ever wondered why certain areas are developed, while others are not? How we still have rural landscapes amidst pressures for growth? The answer is careful community planning. The Comprehensive Plan is the County’s guide for future growth and change. Its goals, strategies and actions outline tangible steps to implement the vision for all aspects of the community.
Why do we do it: The Code of Virginia requires that all localities have comprehensive plans and review them every five years to address changing circumstances and conditions in growth, public opinion and other important issues. In many instances, what were once just ideas in previous Comprehensive Plan updates are now ongoing policies and initiatives. Examples include buffer protections and design features through the creation of Community Character Corridors and Areas; new County ordinances to allow small-scale mixed use developments; and planning and funding strategies for needed transportation improvements. Annual progress on the previously adopted 2015 Comprehensive Plan, Toward 2035: Leading the Way may be found in the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals Annual Report.
The Community Participation Team: Because the Comprehensive Plan is the guiding document on how the community intends to develop, it is important that citizens share their views. The Board of Supervisors recently appointed a group of citizens to serve on the Community Participation Team (CPT). The team is busy planning multiple community engagement events for the fall and beyond to seek your input on the Comprehensive Plan update. All opinions and ideas are welcome and will be considered throughout the process. Visit the CPT web page for more information, or invite a CPT member to speak at your next event!
Get Involved: The first major public engagement opportunity is the Summit on the Future on Monday, Nov. 18. Citizens will be asked to provide input on the County’s vision and goals and to share their priorities and preferences. The meeting will be simulcast to multiple locations throughout the County hosted by Board of Supervisors members and will use live polling. Citizens at home may watch a live broadcast on Channel 48 and participate in real-time polling and an online questionnaire.
Tell a neighbor and bring a friend! All ages are welcome (great opportunity for kids and teens to see how their family can help shape the community) , and there will be door prizes and light refreshments. Help shape our community by sharing your ideas!
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