The Valley Boulevard Committee presented their community findings and recommendations to the Council at the January meeting. Benchmark Consulting assisted the Committee to engage the community and develop the recommendations. Town Council members Sue Sweeting and Albert Yount served on the Committee with other community volunteers appointed by the Council members.
The process was a success and consistent with our Advocacy Plan recommendations to use this format with professional guidance to engage the community to build consensus on changes to the Land Use Code to promote progress and protect our historical village. The same process should be used to develop changes to the Downtown Land Use Codes and develop a Tourism Management Plan to address traffic and parking congestion to balance the impact of tourism on our resort village for the benefit of the residents, business owners and Town.
Please read the article by Thomas Sherrill in the Watauga Democrat.