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December 10th / 2018

Granville County Collaborates with Stewart on Comprehensive Plan Update

“Planning Granville’s Future – Our Path Forward” approved at Oct. 15 meeting

In developing “Planning Granville’s Future – Our Path Forward,” the updated comprehensive plan and future land use map for the county, Granville County Planning and Zoning selected Stewart to guide the process.

The firm’s planning group provides strong interdisciplinary collaboration and a focus on small to mid-sized communities, uniquely positioning Stewart to provide a data-driven and design-oriented approach that results in stronger and more creative solutions.

In collaboration with Granville County, Stewart collected feedback and data from citizens, stakeholders, other departments and municipalities, including conducting two online surveys this year and holding public meetings. The survey results were incorporated into the final comprehensive plan, which was approved at the public meeting on Oct. 15. Community members can view the survey results and final comprehensive plan at

“Granville County understands that growth will happen, and that it’s important for community leaders to be prepared for this growth and to implement plans that foster development and work toward the future vision for the county,” said Cindy Szwarckop, associate vice president and practice leader of Municipal Planning & Mobility at Stewart. “Stewart worked with county departments, municipal partners, stakeholders and members of the public to define a new vision and measurable goals. Our interdisciplinary approach brings together planners, civil engineers and landscape architects to create plans that are technically sound, design-oriented and provide clear policy guidance that will help the county achieve its goals.”

Businesses and residents are pinpointing Granville County and the surrounding Research Triangle region as an ideal place to work, live and play. Communities in Granville are experiencing – and will continue to experience – booming growth, as the population of the county is currently 58,000 but expected to reach 70,000 by 2037.

“Stewart’s planning team used a collaborative approach that incorporated infrastructure analysis, scenario planning and opportunities for meaningful public input that resulted in a quality plan that will provide a strong foundation for Granville County for years to come,” said Barry Baker, planning director for Granville County. 

Granville County’s new comprehensive plan addresses the vision of maintaining the county’s rural character while enhancing the quality of life for all citizens by creating vibrant destinations, supporting a healthy economy and encouraging sustainable growth. The updated comprehensive plan gives the community a tool to further prepare for future growth and development in the area, and to continue fostering economic development through informed decisions regarding land use, transportation, utilities, natural resources, recreation and more.

Stewart is currently working on plans to strengthen communities across North Carolina, from Waynesville to Carolina Beach. To learn more about Stewart’s Municipal Planning & Mobility practice area, please click here.


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