2050 Plan to be dis­cussed in se­ries of meet­ings

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The 2050 Plan, both lauded and ap­plauded, will be dis­cussed in a se­ries of pub­lic meet­ings start­ing July 14.

The plan is made up of mem­bers of a Lead­er­ship Col­lab­o­ra­tive work­ing out of The Cen­ter, on three de­vel­op­ment zones — con­ser­va­tion, ru­ral and com­pact com­mu­nity — called base­line or­di­nances.

These base­line or­di­nances will go be­fore the pub­lic from July 14 through Aug. 7 in five dis­cus­sions.

The Cen­ter will lead the meet­ings, de­liv­er­ing in­for­ma­tion to the pub­lic and hear­ing their feed­back.

The 2050 Plan seeks to di­rect fu­ture growth to cre­ate dense, mixed-use res­i­den­tial and commercial com­mu­ni­ties in western New­ton County to save money on fu­ture in­fra­struc­ture (schools, roads and wa­ter lines) — $3.3 bil­lion in sav­ings over four decades to be ex­act — and build off the ex­ist­ing den­sity from the hous­ing boom, while also seek­ing to pro­tect the ru­ral na­ture and agri­cul­tural her­itage of other por­tions of the county.

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