Citizen-drive committee to work on new plan in Chesterfield

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Starting Tuesday night, Chesterfield County is undertaking the development of a new countywide comprehensive plan. The process will help solidify the county's vision for future land use.

Building has been pretty slow in chesterfield county because of the recession, but county leaders and it's residents know that once the economy picks up, so will the growth of Chesterfield, and they want to have a plan in place when that happens.

The county comprehensive plan is a document that helps county leaders make decisions about land-use. Everything from transportation, to economic development, to schools is included - all issues important to citizens.

That's why last month, the board of supervisors appointed a volunteer citizen steering committee to work with county leaders to advise them about the goals they want included in the plan. Shelly Schuetz is a committee member and she's excited about the first meeting this week.

"It will be interesting to see how citizens can give input on the document and basically steer development in chesterfield in businesses and residential and public facilities," said Schuetz.

Schuetz has lived in chesterfield for 35 years. As a long-time resident and parent, she has a vested interest in the future of the county.

"As a mother of three kids, I have children in the schools and there's been many times that I've wondered why are the schools so far away from you know fields for recreational play or a convenience station to pick up a Gatorade or use a restroom on the weekend," said Schuetz.

Schuetz believes the current plan needs to be updated and grow along with the county. She's excited the board of supervisors is seeking chesterfield residents input.

"What I've learned through the process is that citizens have to get involved from the beginning and then we can give our input and supervisors will then make decisions based on that input - and this document is a great place to start," Schuetz said.

The development of this new comprehensive plan is expected to take about 18 months.

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