Mount Jackson works on comprehensive plan survey

The Mount Jackson Planning Commission discussed fine-tuning the next step in revising the town’s Comprehensive Plan at its Monday meeting.

Town Manager Kevin Fauber said the commission voted unanimously at the meeting to recommend the rezoning approval of a 10-acre portion of a larger site to the Town Council when it meets Jan. 12. He said a few residents came forward to ask questions about that rezoning.

“Some of the questions were kind of geared to the rezoning that took place earlier last year with the 135 area tract,” he said.

Fauber said the commission also spoke briefly about a survey that will be sent out to town residents and property owners and will contribute to part of the Comprehensive Plan the town is working on revising.

The existing Comprehensive Plan was finalized and put out in July 2006, and while parts of it remain unchanged, Fauber said the survey will contribute to the fifth chapter on land use.

“That (survey) can serve as a basis for comparison to see if people’s ideas, thoughts have changed within that 10-year period,” he said.

Much of the content of the survey remained the same as it had been in years previous, but the commission discussed reworking the structure and format. For instance, where certain questions may have prompted a written response, the replies may now be recorded as options on a list to make the replies more streamlined and consistent.

“They pretty much approved the final form of the survey, it’s just a matter of maybe fine tuning it a little more,” he said.

The commission is looking to distribute the community survey on Feb. 1 and receive feedback for a two-week period. Fauber estimated that the town is aiming to revise and release the 2016 Comprehensive Plan with updated data by later summer or early fall. After that, the town can move forward with rezoning the 512 acres that it annexed in late December.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com