The Comprehensive Plan is the community’s vision for how we would like to see all areas of Warren County grow and develop through the year 2030. Areas include the cities of Bowling Green, Oakland, Plum Springs, Smiths Grove and Woodburn and all of Warren County. It is the product of over five years of work by the community starting in 2008 until adoption in 2012. It is the officially adopted guide for actions and decisions on the use and development of land, the provision of governmental services and facilities, the planning of streets, highways and other modes of transportation, the planning of facilities including water, sewer, storm drainage, parks and open space. The current version of our comprehensive plan can be found here.
The plan generally has a 20 year time frame and it has been 10 years. It’s halftime people! It is time to take a thorough look at the plan contents, update statistics, analyze trends, and determine if any adjustments need to be made. While it is not anticipated that any major changes are needed, it is time to make our halftime adjustments to lead us into the next half. Oh, and state law mandates 5 year updates so we are taking care of that as well. It is anticipated that this process will take about a year and we are anticipating having 10 meetings / opportunities for public input pending available time, resources and participation. This is the opportune time to provide input into how you would like to see the community grow and have insight into the items in which land use decisions are based on! Sign up to receive updates or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
General Session Format
A recorded presentation/video will be posted that consists of a review of a section of the plan. Video length will vary based on content and interest. Written comment via letters or email will be accepted at any time during this process all the way up and until adoption. Feel free to submit comments or questions and we will address these comments as soon as possible. Any meeting held will be documented and added to the appropriate session page. The exact details of each meeting may be adjusted as we adapt to available resources and pandemic protocols.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I care about this?
As mentioned above, the Comprehensive Plan is a guide for how the community should grow and develop in at least the next 10 years. Every land use decision, especially zone changes, are based on the Goals, Objectives and Action Items found within the Comprehensive Plan. Arguments made for or against a development typically carry more weight when based on the items found in the plan. This is your opportunity to influence the plan and all subsequent decisions made based on the plan. For more information on the zone change process, please refer to the People’s Guide to Planning or the Planning Commission Handbook.
How will my input be used?
As with any process going through the Planning Commission, all public input will be provided to the decision makers. Your input will be considered along with all other input regarding any proposed changes to the plan. For more information on the approval process, please refer to the timeline to the right for tentative Public Hearing and Adoption schedule.
I can’t make the meeting I want to attend, can I still participate?
Yes! At any time up until the final public hearing and adoption you can contact our office using one of the methods below. All sessions will have a recorded presentation posted to our YouTube channel. If you have a question you would like answered we will address it as soon as possible. Likewise, if you have a comment or question after the meeting is over, just send it to us at any time and we will respond.
I have a question about a particular chapter or element, where can I find information?
Please click on the appropriate element session listed in the Timeline. There will be a frequently asked questions section for each session or plan element. Of course, you can always contact our office for help.
What is the approval process?
In general, if there ends up being no changes to the plan, then no approvals are necessary. It is very likely that there will be changes proposed. At the end of the public input process, there will be a public hearing before the Planning Commission where they will adopt plan changes. No legislative body approvals are necessary unless there are changes to the Goals & Objectives. However, it is likely that we will take the final version of the plan to each of the six legislative bodies for adoption. The actual approval process may evolve as the process matures and desires of the elected and appointed bodies are made known.
I have a group wishing to be involved, how do they participate?
Please contact us as soon as possible. We have identified several groups that will be notified and reminders sent out at each milestone. Groups we currently have on our list include: legislative body elected officials, Warren County Liaison Board, Metropolitan Planning Organization, public and private utilities, Warren County Public Schools, Bowling Green Independent Schools, Chamber of Commerce, Workforce Development, Realtors Association, Homebuilders Association, Homeless & Housing Coalition, Housing Authority, UK Cooperative Extension Service, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, NAACP, International Center, Landmark Association, Sierra Club, Western Kentucky University, Barren River Area Development District, and the Barren River District Health Department.
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