|Q||What is a Comprehensive Plan?|
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.
|Q||Why does Harnett County need a Comprehensive Plan?|
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.
|Q||Isn’t this also about economic development?|
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.
|Q||Don’t we have one already?|
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.
|Q||Who is guiding this effort?|
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:
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.
|Q||How is the update funded?|
The Plan is County funded.
|Q||How can I get involved?|
There are numerous ways to participate in the Comprehensive Plan Update:
|Q||Why should I participate?|
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.
|Q||Where can I find more information?|
The best resource for additional information related to the progress of the Growth Plan is by checking the Growth Plan website.
|Q||Who should I contact if I have additional questions?|
Please contact the Economic Development Department (910-893-7524) or the Planning Services Department (910-893-7525, x4) if you have additional questions.