Planning & Development Committee Suspended

 

Committee Mission Statement / Function

To promote action by the two states and five counties bordering Lake Gaston to adopt practices to ensure that sound land use and development practices are employed and guide future development in an efficient and serviceable manner which is protective of Lake Gaston's predominantly rural and ecologically sensitive character.

 

Current Projects

Activities of the Planning and Development Committee were suspended in September 2011 in conjunction with the decrease in county planning and development activity as a result of the economic downturn. However, prior to suspension, the Committee completed a comprehensive review of the zoning and land use plans of the five counties surrounding the lake. Desired development standards to protect the Lake Gaston rural and ecologically sensitive environment were developed that included minimum lake setbacks, preferred development density, lot sizes, buffers and desired percentage of pervious/non pervious surfaces. Several of these standards were successfully applied in Warren County in a recent update of its zoning regulations. They will continue to be used as guidelines by the Government Relations Committee in specific zoning and development issues that arise in the counties. The Committee also brought the Center for Watershed Protection (see link at right to the Center’s web site) to Lake Gaston to brief the public and LGA Directors on the key issues that affect water quality in a watershed. From that visit, the Committee developed a Preserving our Lake Gaston Investment briefing that was presented to leaders of the five counties in 2010. See link at right to view the presentation. The Committee then began an initiative to have the Center complete a Lake Gaston Watershed Baseline Analysis using Warren and Mecklenburg Counties as the data sample. To date, efforts to raise the needed funding for the analysis, about $50,000, have been only partially successful. This project was transferred to the Environment Committee where efforts to raise the remaining funds will continue.