Letter: County comp plan available at library
I would like to thank the Mathews Board of Supervisors for making the final draft of the new Mathews County Comprehensive Plan 2030, "Preserving and Sustaining the Pearl of the Chesapeake," available to residents. The comp plan can now be checked out from the Mathews Memorial Library.
There are five plans total for checkout. I highly recommend that every resident check out a comp plan in its physical form rather than an online draft, or either of the hard copy drafts, which were available for viewing: one in the library, one in the zoning office. These were the only resident options before the comp plan was adopted on Jan. 18, 2011.
As I began my study, I learned that the place I call home is represented on page 29 of the comp plan as part of 24 percent of housing stock built in 1939 and earlier. I discovered the artistic rendering of "Entrance Corridor Development Guidelines" found on page 51 of our comp plan to resemble roads I’ve seen in large cities south of the James River. On page 53 there is a picture of a rundown building on Route 14. Below that picture is an artistic rendering of what the old building could look like.
There are beautiful maps throughout the comp plan like the Community Planning Areas. Our Court House area is now called Central Mathews, while everything below the Court House area is called Bayside. Each area has its own vivid color on the map. The Depth to the Water map page 66 is an interesting study.
What is the remaining life span of the Middle Peninsula Landfill? Discover the answer on page 73 of the comp plan. Locate future "bike trails" by studying the Transportation Network map on page 76. A study of Jurisdictional Boundaries and Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas may interest you, and can be found on pages 122, 123, and 124.
Learn about Future Land Use using the wonderfully colored map on page 150. Learn about Planned Business areas and Hamlets on pages 152 and 153. What exactly is a Hamlet and where are they to be found? Find the answers by studying our county’s Comprehensive Plan 2030 "Preserving and Sustaining the Pearl of the Chesapeake." Thanks again, supervisors.
Cobbs Creek, Va.