Harnett County,
North Carolina

Growth Plan 

Growth Plan FAQ

QWhat is a Comprehensive Plan?
A

A Comprehensive Plan is best described as a guide to the County’s future. The Comprehensive Plan will inform current and future decision makers where we are now, where we want to go, how we intend to get there, and who will help us along the way.

More specifically:

  • It will define the County’s biggest assets and challenges

  • It will focus on strengthening the County’s economic position

  • It will make recommendations about the type and character of development appropriate in different parts of the County

  • It will recommend and prioritize policies, key projects, and resources and determines implementation partners

  • It will provide guidance to the County in developing and directing future capital budgets


QWhy does Harnett County need a Comprehensive Plan?
A

Harnett County needs an updated Comprehensive Plan because the County is growing and changing. Harnett has experienced exceptional growth over the past two decades. From a population of just 68,000 in 1990, to a 2013 population estimate of 124,987 residents, the County has evolved from a rural, agriculture community to a diverse location within the Fort Bragg region of North Carolina. Harnett’s location, high quality school system and relatively low cost of living continue to draw thousands of residents to its boundaries.

Harnett looks forward to continued growth. The County’s proximity to Raleigh and the

Fayetteville area and the Highway 87 & I-95 corridors make Harnett County a desired location for residents, businesses, and industry. Local leaders recognize that for Leander to capitalize on this market opportunity an update to the Comprehensive Plan was needed.


QIsnít this also about economic development?
A

This update to the Comprehensive Plan will also focus on strengthening the County’s competitive position in the local, regional and national economy. Economic development is a key component of this effort and will drive much of the planning process. Through the planning process, the County will engage business leaders from across Harnett in a realistic discussion of Harnett’s economic future.


QDonít we have one already?
A

The County last completed a major update to the Land Use Plan in 1999. The County is experiencing rapid growth and desires to update the Comprehensive Plan to ensure that new development is consistent with the community's vision.


QWho is guiding this effort?
A

The process to develop the Comprehensive Plan is guided by a 25-person Advisory Committee representing a diverse cross-section of the community. The following individuals make up the Advisory Committee:

Name

Organization

Title

1

Britt Davis

Campbell University

VP of Institutional Advancement

2

Richie Hines/Greg Burns

NCDOT

District 2 Engineer

3

Leanne Nance

RTRP

Executive VP

4

Johnson Tilghman

Harnett Forward Together Committee (HFTC)

Chairman

5

Jim Roberts

Campbell University

Vice President for Business & Treasurer

6

Jon Matthews

CCCC

Associate Provost, Harnett County, Curriculum Administration

7

Carl Davis

Harnett County Park and Recreation

Director

8

Jim Dougherty

RULAC

9

Coley Price

Town of Angier

Town Manager

10

Tyrone Fisher

HC Cooperative Ext

Director

11

Scott Tripp

BOA

BOA Chair

12

David Levinson

Anderson Creek Club

Developer

13

Col. Jeffrey Sanborn/Glen Prilliman

Fort Bragg

Garrison Commander

14

Kacy Cook

NCWRC

Wildlife Biologist

15

Jason Price

Jason Price Construction

Owner

16

Jimmy McCormick

Western Harnett Industrial Park (WHIP) Board

Member

17

Andy Ruhland

Ruhl Tech

Owner

18

Teddy Byrd

Byrd Insurance

Owner

19

Mike Jones

HC Health

Vice President, Support Services

20

Steve Ward/ Glenn McFadden

HCPU

21

Rev. Ben Pierce

Baptist Grove Church

Pastor

22

Richard Douglas

Town of Erwin

Town Manager

23

Kenny Cole

Town of Coats

Town Manager

24

Ronnie Autry

City of Dunn

Town Manager

25

Bill Summers

Town of Lillington

Town Manager

In addition, the County also hired LandDesign to provide a range of consulting, planning and technical services to update the County’s Comprehensive Plan. LandDesign is an award-winning land planning and design firm that specializes in innovative solutions to complex development challenges, and complements those ideas with policies, implementation strategies and tools that build community support.


QHow is the update funded?
A

The Plan is County funded.


QHow can I get involved?
A

There are numerous ways to participate in the Comprehensive Plan Update:


QWhy should I participate?
A

The purpose of planning is to ensure that Harnett’s excellent quality of life will continue. Through the planning process, residents, business owners and community organizations help shape Harnett’s land use and open space pattern. A well-planned community provides compatible land uses, as well as transportation networks, public facilities and parks. In addition, a well-planned community protects its environmental and heritage resources. Planning helps to ensure that the Harnett community continues to be attractive, safe, and prosperous.


QWhere can I find more information?
A

The best resource for additional information related to the progress of the Growth Plan is by checking the Growth Plan website.


QWho should I contact if I have additional questions?
A

Please contact the Economic Development Department (910-893-7524) or the Planning Services Department (910-893-7525, x4) if you have additional questions.

 
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