The planned drop-in-style community open houses will include an overview of potential solutions and strategies to manage growth and prioritize areas such as economic development, housing, the environment and historic preservation and seek resident feedback on them, according to the announcement.
The county’s last comprehensive plan update in 2011 identified growing the county’s employment base, aligning the locations of new schools to where families were moving and shielding ecologically sensitive rural areas from overdevelopment as priorities, according to the plan. The county is working with the Greater Nashville Regional Council, the region's metropolitan planning organization, for the 12- to 18-month process that aims to draft a document by the fall, according to a timetable on the initiative's website at http://planrutherford.org.
An average of 657 residents have moved to Rutherford County monthly since 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, and the county projects the population could exceed 550,000 by 2045.
The community open houses will be from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. on the following dates at the following locations, the announcement said:
- May 16 at Plainview Elementary School, 7182 Otter Pond Way, Christiana
- May 17 at Rockvale High School, 6545 Hwy. 99, Rockvale
- May 18 at Lascassas Elementary School, 6300 Lascassas Pike, Lascassas
- May 19 at Smyrna Event Center 100 Sam Ridley Parkway, Smyrna
To find more information about the comprehensive plan, visit http://planrutherford.org or call the Rutherford County Planning and Engineering Department at 615-898-7730.