You can help plan the city’s future

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 6, 2004

The City of Suffolk is undertaking an immensely important project – updating its comprehensive plan.

The current one with its focus on smart growth was created in 1998 and generated tremendous controversy. There’s no arguing – as critics contend – that the plan did infringe some on individual property rights. Nonetheless, it has been good for Suffolk’s long-term prospects and has helped assure that Suffolk will not become just another area of suburban sprawl, retaining much of its rural nature that makes it unique among Hampton Roads communities and a desirable place to live.

And with residential development over the past few years far outpacing that planned for in the 2018 Comprehensive Plan, it’s a good bet that even tighter restrictions will be put on development.

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Want to learn more about the planning process? You will have the opportunity next week. The city will be hosting three public meetings: Tuesday, May 11 at John Yeates Middle School; Wednesday, May 12 at King’s Fork Middle School; and Thursday, May 13 at Robertson Elementary School. Each of the meetings begins at 7 p.m. with an informal open house beginning at 6:30. Residents will have the opportunity to view maps and displays and talk with consultants and city planning staff who will be making the recommendations.

The results of this process will be with us for a long time. This is your opportunity to learn about and participate in the future direction Suffolk will take.