Town seeks input on plan

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Monday is the last day Bartonville residents can complete and submit surveys to Town Hall in an effort to assist town officials in developing a plan for future development.

Town officials released survey forms to the public last month, allowing residents to write in changes they would, or would not, like made to the town.

Residents or Bartonville property owners can submit their surveys online at the town’s official website or at Town Hall. Officials will use the surveys to create an updated comprehensive town plan.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will have a public hearing Oct. 3, and its members will make recommendations to the Town Council regarding the plan based on the public’s responses. Town officials will publish the results of the survey when the plan is finished, sometime between November and December.

“As a matter of policy, municipalities should review their comprehensive plan every five to 10 years,” Town Administrator Kristi Gilbert said.

This summer, the Town Council appointed a committee to review the 2003 land-use plan, Gilbert said. About 575 surveys were mailed to residents and property owners seeking their opinion. As of Friday, the town had received more than 230 responses, Gilbert said.

Bartonville officials said they hope the responses will offer insight into what residents think are the town’s strengths and weaknesses.

Though all results are not in, Gilbert said she does not expect the responses or the final plan to differ much from the original plan.

“We do not anticipate there to be many changes compared to the 2003 plan; however, there will be decreased density in certain areas as a result of gas well drilling operations,” Gilbert said.

Some of the goals included retaining the town’s rural character, updating infrastructure, and maintaining and protecting the town’s natural resources and wildlife.

The plan was also created by compiling ideas and suggestions from committee workshops, a community survey, public hearings and input from the Planning and Zoning Commission and Town Council.

Officials also said the implementation is probably one of the most important, yet most difficult, aspects of the planning process.

Methods the town might use to implement its plan could include developing planning committees, developing a program to coordinate with the state and Denton County to promote roadway planning, funding and construction and creating a budget.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882. His e-mail address is jharden@dentonrc.com.


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