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On April 7, 2008 the Haywood County Board of Commissioners authorized the following letter to be sent to community clubs, fire departments and other interested citizens and organizations to encourage participation in a community planning pilot project: 

Dear Friends:

Like much of western North Carolina, Haywood County has grown rapidly in recent years. Rapid growth can bring rapid change to a community and that is why we are sending you this letter.



We, the Board of Commissioners, understand that Haywood County consists of many unique communities. As a result, how we respond to growth and change calls for something other than a “one-size fits all” approach, but instead recognizes our diversity, and the personal stake residents of a given community have in charting your future.

With this in mind, the Board of Commissioners is seeking proposals from communities who would like to be considered for a pilot project in community-based planning. By whatever means you deem appropriate – an existing organization, such as a community club, fire department, church or school; or through an informal gathering of residents, we propose that you create a dialogue with your neighbors and then tell us why your community should be selected for this project.

You don’t have to send us a formal proposal, a simple letter will do. The letter should address the following four areas:

1) What you value about your community;
2) Your concerns about the future;
3) Your thoughts on what you’d like the community to look like in 10 years; and
4) Why your community should be selected for this project.
5) A description of how you define the boundaries of your community (You may choose an established boundary such as a fire or school district, or voting precinct; or you may come up with your own definition)

A list with the names of each person who took part in the dialogue should be included. Letters should be addressed to David Cotton, Haywood County Manager, 215 N. Main Street, Waynesville, NC 28786. The deadline is 5 p.m., June 30, 2008.

Once a community has been selected, the county will assist you through the planning process. We’ll connect you with county personnel that can provide information and assistance and we’ll connect you to community planning resources that have been used in other communities around the state.

We are growing and we are changing; and the best way to make change work to everyone’s benefit is by talking, working and planning together. We look forward to hearing from you and to working together on this project.

 

Sincerely,
Larry Ammons, Chairman Kirk Kirkpatrick
Board of County Commissioners Vice Chairman

Mary Ann Enloe Charles “Skeeter” Curtis
Commissioner Commissioner

Bill Upton
Commissioner