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Brunswick Launches New Planning Iniative

Brunswick County Chairman Frank Williams speaks about Blueprint Brunswick 2040.

Brunswick County is looking to hear input from residents on Blueprint Brunswick 2040, a yearlong initiative to craft a Comprehensive Land Use Plan and a Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

The county’s Planning and Parks and Recreation departments are working on the two new plans, which are in the second of four phases, to guide future growth, decisions and investments in infrastructure and serves within the county, according to the county.

Staff began collecting in July data and maps on the study areas, hosting steering committee meetings and holding a tour and visioning meetings with county commissioners.

The initiative is now ready for community input and engagement. Residents have several opportunities this fall. Individuals can find resources, maps, participate online or in person during upcoming meetings and take an online survey at BlueprintBrunswick2040.com. The survey has 28 questions that takes about 20 minutes to complete.

“As one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, having strong comprehensive plans now is crucial to ensure we’re preparing for the growth we’re going to get over the next 20 years,” Planning Director Kirstie Dixon said in a statement. “Where will new housing and commercial developments go? What kind of infrastructure will we need to stay connected? What kind of programming and facilities are needed in our parks? And what will it all look like? These are all questions we want to ask you as we work on these plans.”

The planning effort is for the entire jurisdiction of Brunswick County outside municipal limits and inclusive of participating municipalities.

“Brunswick County is a special place, and we want to maintain our county’s character and quality of life as we grow,” Chairman Frank Williams said. “The County wants to preserve our natural resources, protect our neighborhoods and respect and uphold private property rights while continuing to be a great place to do business. If this new plan is to be effective, it must have balanced input from all sectors of our community, not be dominated by any one group. That’s why it’s so important for as many citizens as possible to provide input during this planning process.”

Residents are not required to attend an in-person event to participate. Residents planning to register to attend a community meeting can submit their survey before, during or after the meeting.

Register online in advance to attend one of the meetings set to take place on Nov. 10 at Ocean Isle Beach Park, Nov. 12 at Lockwood Folly Park, Nov. 17 at Leland Park and Nov. 18 at Waccamaw Park. Meetings will be held at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on those dates. The 6 p.m. sessions will be live streamed online. The county will announce later the streaming information.

The county will announce online and notify registered attendees if the meetings will need to move to alternative locations in the event of inclement weather or other issues. All in-person meetings will be conducted in accordance with CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety and with the governor’s Executive Orders. No meetings will exceed 25 people inside or 50 people outside.

Masks are required for all attendees. Staff will provide a mask to any registrant that does not have one. Hand sanitizer will be available in multiple locations around each meeting venue. All registrants will receive a packet with sanitized materials to use and take home.

To speak to someone with the county, Contact Kirstie Dixon, planning director, at kirstie.dixon@brunswickcountync.gov or 910-253-2027, or Aaron Perkins, Parks & Recreation Director, at aaron.perkins@brunswickcountync.gov  or 910-253-2676.

The county will post more information and the status of the project on the website as the project progresses. See more information on the project any time at BlueprintBrunswick2040.com

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