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Kenton County to Adopt New Comprehensive Plan

After three years and more than 100 direct interactions with the public, the Kenton County Planning Commission will adopt its new comprehensive plan.

Called Direction 2030, the effort kicked off in 2011, led by staff at the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission (NKAPC), now known as Planning Development Services (PDS).

State statute requires planning commissions to prepare comprehensive plans and since the early 1970s, Kenton County had freshed up its plan every five years. In 2011, it was determined that a whole new one was needed. "This has been an intense process working with the peple of Kenton County to get their feelings and their opinions, their emotions and so forth, and what we're presenting is the culmination of that and we're looking to them to see whether they believe we got it right," said Dennis Gordon, executive director of PDS.

The plan goes before the Kenton County Planning Commission Thursday evening in a meeting that starts at 6:15 p.m. It will be held at Notre Dame Academy in Park Hills.

By state law, the comprehensive plan must include a statement of goals and objectives, a land use plan element, a transportation plan element, and a community facilities plan element.

Direction 2030 opted for a digital-based interactive platform for citizens to engage with. 

"It is not a printed document," Gordon said. "It is an interactive, web-based site and everything you want to know about the process, the goals and objectives established early on on the process and then the structure built on top of those goals, it's all there. It's a pretty robust site."

Gordon said a printed comprehensive plan could cost as high as $200 each. Instead, the technology-based version will be accessible to citizens and potential developers looking to familiarize themselves with the county's planning regulations and objectives.

The Direction 2030 comprehensive plan for Kenton County can be viewed by clicking here.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News