LAND USE GOALS

 

LG-1 Maintain and promote Highlandís special rural character while also promoting a quality of life that

††††††††† attracts and sustains new families.

 

LG-2 Recognize the special role the countyís natural environment, historic landscapes, and traditional land

†††††††† use patterns combine to make the county a distinctly scenic place to live and visit.

 

LG-3 Maintain and promote viable commercial, agricultural and forestry sectors.

 

LG-4 Ensure that effective land use planning is kept in balance with the freedom and rights of individual

††††††††† landowners.

 

 

LAND USE OBJECTIVES

 

LO-1 Promote orderly land use planning and development of real estate.

 

LO-2 Continue to make tools available for protecting rural land.

 

LO-3 Encourage the sustainable productivity of farm and forest land.

 

LO-4 Explore incentives for agricultural land owners to keep or put their land in agricultural production.

 

LO-5 Assess the impact of commercial and non-commercial wind development.

 

LO-6 Balance growth by encouraging a mix of compatible uses in areas with appropriate utility and

††††††††† infrastructure support.

 

LO-7 Recognize the McDowell Battlefield in future growth decisions about the Village of McDowell.

 

 

 

 

 

THE FOLLOWING ARE PROPOSED METHODS OF ASSISTING THE COUNTY IN ACHIEVING ITS LAND USE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

 

 

LAND USE STRATEGIES

TARGET DATE

RESPONSIBILITY

 

LS-1 Review growth areas for non-

†††††††† residential use.

 

 

Ongoing

 

Planning Commission

 

LS-2 Explore alternative taxation to help

†††††††† preserve agricultural land and

†††††††† production.

 

 

 

2013

 

 

Board of Supervisors

 

LS-3 Consider the addition of a county

†††††††† ordinance or changes to the existing

†††††††† Zoning Ordinance to set lighting

†††††††† standards.

 

 

 

Ongoing

 

 

Planning Commission,

Board of Supervisors

 

LS-4 Work with State legislators to develop

†††††††† fencing laws that are favorable to

†††††††† agricultural.

 

 

 

2012

 

 

Board of Supervisors

 

LS-5 Review and revise as appropriate

†††††††† current zoning ordinances to address

†††††††† specific goals of the Comprehensive

†††††††† Plan.

 

 

 

Ongoing

 

 

Planning Commission,

Board of Supervisors

 

 

LS-6 Assess impact of commercial wind

†††††††† development.

 

 

To be determined based on completion date of Highland Countyís first commercial wind development.

 

 

 

Planning Commission

 

LS-7 Assess impact of non-commercial

†††††††† development.

 

 

2013

 

Planning Commission

 

LS-8 Assess the impact of hydraulic

†††††††† fracturing in the exploration of

†††††††† fossil fuels.

 

Continuous

 

Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors

 

 

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