This version of the CLUP, created over the course of the past year, could radically change depending on the results of the survey.

Call it a survey for a survey. When a group of citizens caught wind of a draft of the Comprehensive Land Use Plan about six months ago, the town staff and Board of Commissioners were forced to pull back the reigns on a plan they had developed in conjunction with a citizen advisory committee over the course of the previous year. Despite repeated attempts to get the community involved, it wasn’t until the most recent draft of the CLUP was released that the hives nest was stirred. A vocal group of citizens, mostly from along the Lebanon Road corridor, want to overhaul the original draft of the plan and cut back on high density housing.

To engage the community more efficiently, the town will send a survey out to see what citizens think is the proper way to guide growth over the next 30 years. However, the town is taking the survey one steop further by asking the town to give input in what questions to ask. That is what the CLUP Survey Development Workshop will be about tonight at 6:30 in the Independence High School “Mall Area.” The town staff will use to the meeting to allow Mint Hill and ETJ residents to submit potential questions and areas of concern for the 2010 Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) survey, which also includes the Lawyers Road & I-485 Small Area Plan (SAP).  The questions and input from the November 30 meeting will be used to formulate a survey that will be published online and also available as a hard copy survey.  Citizens who do not have access to the internet can come by Town Hall and fill out the survey on a computer in the lobby.

Town staff emphasizes that the purpose of the meeting is to gather potential questions and input for the survey.

The 2010 Survey Question Submittal Form that will be used on November 30 can be downloaded in advance.  Feel free to print copies and fill out a copy prior to the meeting.  Alternate submittal instructions are listed at the top of the form.

Since there will be no formal presentation or time for public comments at this meeting, we anticipate the meeting lasting about 60 to 90 minutes to allow time for the 2010 Survey Question Submittal Forms to be completed and collected.