Welcome to the Town of Kersey's public review site for the 2016 KERSEY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN UPDATE.
What is a Comprehensive Plan?
A comprehensive plan is a collection of information, plans, and ideas designed to guide decisions that shape the future of a town or city. A plan provides a community with a firm foundation for policies and actions that allow residents and businesses to thrive now and into the future. It identifies ways to assure that the community will continue to function efficiently and effectively as it grows. A comprehensive plan can strengthen a communities’ policies and legislation, while promoting a more certain future.
A comprehensive plan is general in nature. It provides a framework and policies to form the basis for decisions relating to land use, public services, allocation of resources and the future of Kersey. A comprehensive plan is a long-range vision for the community. It deals with issues as many as twenty years into the future. A comprehensive plan is physically and functionally all-encompassing. It is important that the plan cover all aspects of a community’s future.
Why is an update to the Comprehensive Plan needed?
A Comprehensive Plan should be updated at least every ten years. The Town of Kersey is experiencing change and growth. Change can be orderly or chaotic, or somewhere in between. Growth and development can bring needed services, jobs, housing opportunities and increased tax revenue to a community. Growth and development can also strain local resources, impact the character of the community, the environment and the surrounding area while inconveniencing residents. No growth or slow growth can bring challenges, including stagnant or declining tax revenues and deteriorating public infrastructure. A comprehensive plan helps to form the framework for decisions to help guide change. It balances the benefits and challenges associated with growth and development.
Why is a Comprehensive Plan important to Kersey?
All communities, large and small, face changes that can bring problems and challenges. A comprehensive plan that addresses where and how future development should take place can help communities face challenges, solve problems and make sound decisions about their future.