Southwest Land Use Plan approved at Oct. 15 meeting
In developing the Southwest Bypass Land Use Plan and Future Land Use Map, Pitt County selected Stewart to guide the process.
The firm’s Municipal Planning & Mobility practice 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 Pitt County, the Greenville Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the City of Greenville, the towns of Ayden and Winterville, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Stewart collected feedback and data from citizens, stakeholders, and other departments and municipalities, including conducting an online survey this year and holding public meetings. The survey results were incorporated into the final land use plan, which was approved by the Board of Commissioners at the public meeting on Oct. 15. Community members can view the survey results and final land use plan here.
“Leaders from Pitt County and municipalities in the area realize that the completion of the Southwest Bypass in 2020 will lead to growth pressure and demand for infrastructure services,” said Cindy Szwarckop, associate vice president and practice leader of Municipal Planning & Mobility at Stewart. The Southwest Bypass Land Use Plan provides a framework to manage that growth pressure and increased demand for infrastructure services. With an expanding population of over 175,000 residents, Pitt County is experiencing significant growth in educational services and health care and serves as a regional economic center in eastern North Carolina.
Pitt County’s Southwest Bypass Land Use Plan addresses the community’s vision of encouraging a land use pattern that capitalizes on opportunities for commercial and industrial development, protects the county’s agricultural heritage, honors the Renston Historic District and encourages residential development that respects the natural environment. The land use plan is 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.
Eric Gooby, Pitt County senior planner, noted that Pitt County and its partners chose Stewart’s planning group to assist with the development of the Southwest Bypass Land Use Plan “due to their collaborative, hands-on approach and their commitment to innovative land use modeling techniques. Their team members became intimately familiar with the unique characteristics of southwestern Pitt County and the people that live and work within the study area. In doing so, Stewart developed a plan that can be readily implemented and that truly reflects the needs and wants of the community.”