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The Beaufort County Planning Commission is ready to present Envision Beaufort County – 2040 County Comprehensive Plan to County Council after 17 months of work.

“The process started in March of 2020, with the community shaping the original draft. Over the last 17 months, we received very detailed and thoughtful inputs from the community that help us ensure the 2040 County Comprehensive plan meets the needs, goals, and vision of our citizens,” Chairman of the Planning Commission Ed Pappas said in a release.

In conjunction with the County Planning Department, the Planning Commission had numerous surveys to capture public thoughts and several virtual and in-person meetings to discuss the draft document.

“The County is incorporating the final edits to the Comprehensive Plan and will be ready to present it to County Council for consideration and debate this fall,” Acting Director of the Beaufort County Community Development Department Robert Merchant said.

The final version of the Comprehensive Plan will be available for review Aug. 31. The revisions to the draft proposal do not change the fundamental concepts.

The final document will be presented for approval to the Planning Commission Thursday, Sept. 9. If approved, the Natural Resource Committee will review it Monday, Oct. 4. The First Reading of the plan will be at the County Council meeting Oct. 11. The final vote on the plan will be Nov. 8.

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