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WYTHEVILLE, Va. – Wythe County planning officials are in the process of forming the county’s five-year comprehensive plan and are asking for the public’s input in formulating the details of the document.

Virginia law requires localities to publish a comprehensive plan every five years, which serves to provide direction for county officials in decision making and setting the county’s long-term policies.

The 20-question survey covers a variety of issues, including order of importance regarding certain county services, quality of life and residents’ opinions pertaining to best practices at spurring economic development.

“The survey is one of the most important components of this year’s five-year plan, as it will give local citizens a substantial voice in shaping future county policy,” said Michelle Cassell of the Wythe County Planning Department.

The Mount Rogers Planning District Commission, a Virginia organization that promotes regional cooperation and planning, is assisting the county in completing the document.

Citizens interested in participating in the countywide survey can CLICK HERE to be taken to the online questionnaire.  Residents who do not have access to a personal computer are encouraged to use the free computers provided at the Wythe-Grayson Libraries in Rural Retreat and Wytheville. A limited number of paper copies will also be available at the county administrator’s office.

In addition to urging residents to complete the 20-question county survey, local leaders will also be hosting three separate town halls throughout the county, in an effort to log the specific ideas of citizens.  The community input meetings will be held inside the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room in Wytheville on Monday, July 14; Rural Retreat Town Hall, Monday, July 21; and Max Meadows Ruritan Building, Monday, July 28.  All meetings will begin at 7 p.m.

Local residents with additional questions regarding the survey are asked to contact the Wythe County Planning Department at 276-223-4508.

Local officials say they plan to have the project published by early next year.

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