Photo by Chris Burritt/NWO | At left, Town Manager Scott Whitaker talks to Cheryl Baisey, one of about 35 Summerfield residents who attended a meeting last week to learn about the town’s proposed land use plan.
by CHRIS BURRITT
SUMMERFIELD - Summerfield leaders are seeking the views of residents as they prepare a plan to designate areas for residential and commercial growth, open space, parks and other development over the next decade and a half.
A public meeting at Revolution Academy last Thursday, May 13, drew about 35 residents seeking to learn about the proposed land use plan. They asked questions of Town Manager Scott Whitaker, Planning Manager Chris York and several council members, along with representatives of the Piedmont Triad Regional Council (PTRC), hired by the town to prepare the plan.
Town staff asked residents to complete a survey expressing their opinions, which will help shape recommendations in the plan. PTRC plans to complete a draft of the document by the end of the year, according to Jesse Day, the council's regional planning director.
The plan will guide long-term land development and preservation, reflecting priorities in the town's comprehensive plan. Development recommended by the land use plan will be regulated by the unified development ordinance (UDO), which is under review by the Town Council.
"The land use plan is a guide that's going to specify where desired future land uses would go, whether it's different types of residential, commercial, office or industrial," Day said in an interview during the meeting. "The UDO is the document that would put the land use plan into gear."
Summerfield resident Cheryl Baisey attended the meeting, saying she wants to understand which tracts of undeveloped land may be targeted for residential and commercial development.
Summerfield has about 2,800 acres of undeveloped land, Day said. Some of it will be filled by residential growth, based upon projections that the town's population will grow by about 3,000 people to 14,922 by 2035, according to PTRC's presentation.