Plan for county’s future expected this year

NORWICH – What do we want Chenango County to be?

The county Planning Department is developing a comprehensive plan that may not answer that broad question entirely, but will provide the public and local leaders with a starting point for mapping out Chenango’s future, said county Planning Director Donna M. Jones.

“This plan is not intended to sit on a shelf, but to be a tool for all who want to learn more about the county and where it hopes to head,” said Jones. “The goals, objectives and strategies cannot and will not attempt to answer every question. This plan will be intended to be a useable guide for the future of Chenango County.”

Titled, “Blueprint Chenango: A Comprehensive Plan for Chenango County,” it will offer a vision for future land use, economic development, commercial development, agriculture, recreation, industrial development, transportation, energy, health care, communications and the aging population, according to pre-liminary outline sent to the county Board of Supervisors Monday. Local demographic and socioeconomic trends will also be profiled, as will the county’s cultural resources, natural resources and environmental areas.

It will also point out our weak spots, Jones said.

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