our thoughts

2050 Plan

The Covington News - - OPINION -

Ten years ago a group of people got to­gether, politi­cians and con­cerned cit­i­zens alike, and made a de­ci­sion that New­ton County, in­evitably, was go­ing to grow.

They de­cided if that was go­ing to hap­pen there needed to be a plan in place that would in­sure the county grew in an or­derly fash­ion and in a fash­ion that would at­tract busi­ness and in­sure the county’s eco­nomic growth.

Get­ting politi­cians to leave their egos at the door and work hand-in-hand with lo­cal cit­i­zens to in­sure a work­able plan was de­signed was not an easy thing to do. But it hap­pened. The re­sult of those meet­ings was the 2050 plan. By de­sign, the ba­sic el­e­ments of the plan were not hashed out in the pub­lic.

It was hard for us at The News, at first, to ac­cept that premise. But as time passed we came to un­der­stand the rea­sons why.

Once a year the group that is re­spon­si­ble for the de­vel­op­ment of the plan has an open meet­ing to dis­cuss the progress of the plan­ning.

The Cov­ing­ton News sup­ports the con­cept of the 2050 plan, and we salute the folks who have from time to time served to de­velop the plan to this point.

Our own pub­lisher, who is Chair­man of the Rock­dale County Cham­ber of Com­merce helped in­tro­duce a sim­i­lar pro­gram in that county, and the cham­ber has hired New­ton’s Kay Lee to help their col­lab­o­ra­tive get off the ground.

There has been some con­tro­versy about the plans laid out for the 2050 Plan and the Brick­store Over­lay, and in re­sponse there will be five pub­lic meet­ings held through­out the next month. You can go to cov­news.com to see the dates, places and times of these meet­ings.

We sus­pect that many of the folks who are rais­ing Cain about the pro­posed plans have never seen or heard what the plans are for the over­lay districts. Most of their in­for­ma­tion is com­ing from gos­sip and stand­ing around at cock­tail par­ties.

We strongly sug­gest that if you have an in­ter­est in what the 2050 plan pro­poses that you at­tend one or more of these meet­ings. If, af­ter you have at­tended, you dis­agree with the plan, that’s your right. You also, then, have a right to op­pose the plan.

But un­til you make your mind up be­cause you have per­son­ally heard the plan, you should keep your com­ments to yourself.

Make no mis­take about it, New­ton County is go­ing to grow. It can grow Hel­ter Skel­ter or it can grow in an or­ga­nized, pro­gres­sive way that in­sures that we will live in a county that has the re­sources to sup­port us and and our fam­i­lies for years to come.

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