COMPREHENSIVE LAND USE PLAN - ADOPTED
Please click on the following link to download the recently adopted Comprehensive Land Use Plan: Adopted Plan
Photos from the Public Meeting on Draft Plan held June 21.
FIRST PUBLIC INPUT MEETING
Thank you to the residents that participated in the first public meeting on January 17th. Also, thank you to those that have completed the survey. We had over 100 responses.
ABOUT THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN
The Town of Forest City, population 7,476, is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Forest City is consistently recognized for its successful planning and implementation efforts over the years including its award winning downtown baseball stadium that is home to the Forest City Owls of the Coastal Plain League, a summer collegiate league. Recently, Facebook announced it will be opening a $450 Million data center in Forest City by 2012 employing 250 construction and mechanical workers during the building process and approximately 45 persons once the facility is operational. Forest City enjoys a beautiful downtown with large oak trees, lush landscaping, and preserved historic structures with very few vacancies.
In this changing economy, the Town is taking a proactive approach in preparing for its future, recognizing it needs a comprehensive plan of action. As resources become more limited, the Town will utilize the Comprehensive Land Use Plan as a guide for Town Staff and Council in making long-range decisions and investments for the future growth and improvement of Forest City.
The Town has commissioned Benchmark to write their Downtown Overlay design guidelines, prepare a Comprehensive Land Use Plan, and a Unified Development Ordinance. The planning process will begin in summer of 2011.
PURPOSE OF THIS WEBSITE
This website will provide opportunity for citizens to stay informed throughout the project. The site will be regularly updated with events, news, background information, drafts of the plan as it is developed, and other important information pertaining to the project. Meetings will be posted under the events menu tab and also displayed on the calendar in the side bar. Under the “participate” tab, please post comments regarding the project, adding your ideas when you are unable to attend a work session.
Finally, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for additional information or simply contact one of the project contacts by email or phone in the right hand side bar of this page under "CONTACTS".