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Union County 2050 Comprehensive Plan

Union County 2050 Comprehensive Plan

Union County 2050 logoUnion County is currently updating its comprehensive plan, which is called Union County 2050. A comprehensive plan is a multi-disciplinary document, establishing a vision of the community in the future, with recommendations for infrastructure, land use, economic development, and environmental protection that help implement that vision. The most referenced aspect of the comprehensive plan is the land use map, but the recommendations in that map reflect community input, infrastructure capacity, and existing development patterns. The current comprehensive plan was adopted in 2014. Union County is a rapidly growing place, and the Board of County Commissioners have directed county staff to initiate a plan update to address issues related to growth.

The plan update process began in earnest in August 2019, when approximately 100 county and municipal leaders, staff, and interested citizens attended a two-day summit to hear from each of the municipalities on the visions for their communities. The county commission then provided guidance to county staff to develop a new comprehensive plan. This plan will take approximately one year to complete, and is guided by a stakeholders committee and a series of subcommittees. The members of these committees were appointed on December 2, 2019, which signified the official start to the plan.

After nearly four months of work and input from over 200 Union County residents and sub-committee members, the coordinating committee adopted a vision for the comprehensive plan. You can read it below.

Union County in 2050 is a place defined by connections, where local governments work together on targeted issues. There are clearly communicated plans for growth and infrastructure improvements, and resources are committed to their implementation. Union County is a growing community where there is:

  • Increased capacity to address education, transportation, water, public safety, and other multi-jurisdictional issues
  • High-density residential, retail and employment options in designated areas
  • Convenient accessibility between retail, residential, and employment land uses
  • Complementary development patterns along corridors
  • Preserved rural character outside of water and sewer coverage areas
  • Recognition and support of agriculture as a key industry
  • Enhanced community connections for arts, agritourism, and parks and recreation

We thank the hundreds of Union County residents who provided feedback on the three alternative scenarios. You can review the results of the feedback here.

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Want to learn about upcoming meetings?
Please click on the Meetings tab below to learn about committee meetings, community input meetings, and how to request a presentation to your group.

Want to review materials about the plan development process?
Please click on the Documents tab below to access presentations, maps, reports, and other information used to help make recommendations for the comprehensive plan.

Want to learn how to get involved in the process?
Please click on the Process tab to learn about how Union County 2050 is being developed and how you can get involved.

Contact for Union County 2050 Comprehensive Plan

Lee Jenson
Planning Director
Phone: 704-283-3564