The Jefferson County Planning Commission continues to work on updating the Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan and hosted two public input sessions in August. The Agricultural input session on August 13 attracted almost 60 residents and highlighted a variety of perspectives on how to sustain agriculture in Jefferson County. The general input session on August 18 gave residents an opportunity to comment on goals identified by the Commission staff.
During the agriculture meeting, participants noted that it’s not enough just to protect farmland — farmers need help to keep farming to ensure that the land remains in agricultural use. The comments participants placed on the various boards indicate the variety of opinions heard during the session. The general session attracted a similar diversity of comments.
The Commission staff will be compiling and analyzing the comments in the next few months. In mid-October, the Commission will launch an online survey for residents to comment on future land use (link to Comprehensive Plan website).By Staff Contributor