- Grants Program — to allow rural disadvantaged communities to formulate projects that will enhance the quality of life of residents.
- Needs Assessment — the commitment from COG to develop a needs assessment in existing communities that identifies basic infrastructure needs in neighborhoods, and allocates some funding to address those needs.
- Farmland Conservation Ad-Hoc Committee — the development of an ad-hoc committee with community representation that explores policies and strategies for preserving prime agricultural farmland in the county. Farmland is often lost to developments outside existing city boundaries, and this committee will explore ways of reversing that trend.
Many organizations and residents have been directly involved with this process for years and the sentiment during the approval of this document was one of appreciation. At times this process seemed endless and tiresome but in the end everyone agreed that the diversity in opinions and stakeholders gave way to an exemplary public participation process and a strong document.
As we move into the implementation stage, it is clear that continuous public engagement will be essential to forming sustainable communities. A new plan will have to be adopted in 2018, so it is almost time to begin molding this process all over again. Community advocates are looking forward to it!