Catawba County Comprehensive Plan
What do you want Catawba County to look like in 20 years?
A comprehensive plan is the County’s road map for meeting the community’s long-term vision for the future. The plan is developed with community input on how land is used, infrastructure needed to support land use, and key community services and amenities. A successful plan guides growth and addresses community priorities through a series of defined goals, policies, and action steps.
The Catawba County Comprehensive Plan process is currently underway. The Plan will establish a 20-year vision for the unincorporated areas of Catawba County based on an analysis of present and future needs. Pertinent information from the County’s Small Area Plans and Corridor Plans will be incorporated. When completed, the Plan will be presented for approval by the Board of Commissioners.
Some of the topics that will be addressed in the Catawba County Comprehensive Plan include:
- Water & Sewer
- Economic Development
- Parks & Recreation
- Natural Resources
Development of the Plan is guided by a citizen-based steering committee with input from county residents and technical staff. The committee’s role is to help ensure the final Plan reflects the long-range vision of all county residents by gathering and considering public input, reviewing relevant information, evaluating policy recommendations and priorities, and informing action steps.
Public Input: We Want to Hear from You!
Public input is a major component of the Catawba County Comprehensive Plan. All county residents will have opportunities to share their views on topics such as:
- What makes living in Catawba County unique? How can we keep our uniqueness and remain a vibrant, growing community?
- What areas of unincorporated Catawba County are best suited for growth, and what should the growth look like?
- As growth occurs, what priorities should be considered?
- Where should utility (water & sewer) expansion be focused?
- Are there areas that should be preserved or protected?
The public input process will take place in two phases. Phase I, which will happen in Spring 2023, invites residents to provide their input at town hall meetings and through a survey. Phase 2 will happen after a draft Plan is ready. Residents will be invited to attend drop-in public meetings to review maps and give feedback on the draft Plan’s recommendations before they are finalized.
Phase I: Community Input Meetings
Residents are invited to attend an upcoming community meeting to learn more about the Catawba County Comprehensive Plan and provide their input.
June 1, 2023 | 6-7:30pm - Balls Creek Elementary School
June 6, 2023 | 6-7:30pm - Sherrills Ford Elementary School
June 8, 2023 | 6-7:30pm - Oxford Elementary School
June 15, 2023 | 6-7:30pm - Webb Murray Elementary School
June 27, 2023 | 6-7:30pm - Blackburn Elementary School
Phase I: Survey – CLOSED
Phase 2: Drop-In Public Meetings
(to be scheduled later this year for input on the draft plan)
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Small Area Plans
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- North Carolina Department of Transportation: 2024-2033 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
- NC DOT STIP Update: Hwy 127 Widening will begin with right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation in 2025 and construction starting in 2027. Click HERE for more information and a project map.
- Carolina Thread Trail
- Farm & Food Sustainability Plan
- Highway 150 Corridor Plan
- Highway 16 South Corridor Plan
- Highway 321 Eco-Tech Development Plan
- Lake Norman Bike Route
- FERC Duke Recreational Comprehensive Relicensing Agreement
- 2040 Hickory Long Range Transportation Plan