Our thoughts Lo­cals speak out at 2050 hear­ing

The Covington News - - OPINION -

The first pub­lic hear­ing for the 2050 Plan was held Mon­day night, giv­ing the pub­lic an op­por­tu­nity to let them­selves be heard.

New­ton County was rep­re­sented with, by our count, no less than 86 people, and an­other 200 or so watch­ing live on­line at Cov­News.com. All with ques­tions, all with con­cerns and all ea­ger to find out more about the pro­posed plan. It was a good show­ing for the first pub­lic hear­ing, and we hope the at­ten­dance will only grow in num­bers as the next four are pre­sented through­out the county.

How­ever, with a doc­u­ment of 200 pages, an hour and a half meet­ing — in­clud­ing brief time for com­ments and ques­tions — wasn’t nearly enough to sat­isfy the ap­petites of people want­ing to know how their county will be guided and changed go­ing for­ward.

Cov­ing­ton/New­ton County Cham­ber of Com­merce Pres­i­dent Hunter Hall, who served as the evening’s mas­ter of cer­e­monies of sorts, seemed open to dif­fer­ent types of for­mats go­ing for­ward. It would be good for the com­mu­nity if they could hear an over­view and then more de­tails about the mas­sive, mas­sive doc­u­ment. Also a whole evening of pub­lic com­ments and ques­tions wouldn’t be enough time.

To­ward the end of the evening, a line formed for ques­tions and con­cerns, some ask­ing ques­tions the code writ­ers were al­ready work­ing on, oth­ers with ques­tions that need to be ad­dressed and some pos­ing ques­tions that sparked more ques­tions.

We not only hope the ques­tions and in­ter­est among the cit­i­zens keep com­ing, but we hope that they spark a qual­ity rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the pub­lic in the fi­nal plan.

Mon­day night was a good start. But it was just a start. There is a lot of talk, that this will be a long process, one with sev­eral drafts. Meet­ings such as Mon­day’s and ques­tions by our com­mu­nity will help shape those re­vi­sions, and they will both poke holes in the plan and fill in gaps.

One at­tendee asked if he had more than three chil­dren — the plan al­lows for land to be handed down and di­vided among three re­cip­i­ents — what would hap­pen to, say, the other four if he had seven chil­dren. The code writ­ers con­duct­ing the meet­ing seemed to take that into con­sid­er­a­tion for the next re­vi­sion.

A woman in the crowd asked what she would see with her property on the west side of New­ton County due to what the code has zoned for her area.

These ques­tions and di­a­logue are im­por­tant. Please keep them com­ing New­ton County. Elected of­fi­cials, keep lis­ten­ing and in­cor­po­rat­ing the thoughts of the pub­lic you serve.

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