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Boone County is Updating its Master Plan

County leaders invite public input on updating the 28-year-old master plan.

Individuals living or working in Boone County are invited to participate in the Boone County master plan development process. Options for involvement include an online survey; a virtual open house on Tuesday, September 12; and an in-person open house set for Tuesday, September 26. 

According to a press release from the Boone County Commission, the county government is undertaking a master planning process with the intention of developing a vision for the county’s communities and establishing countywide priorities for future growth and land use planning. The master plan is a guide crafted with input from residents, businesses, and service providers. The current master plan is nearly 30 years old. 

READ: The county is way overdue for a master plan update 

By completing the Boone County master plan survey available online, residents, property owners, and businesses can help ensure that the master plan reflects the values and aspirations of the community. The survey will remain open until September 30. 

The public is also invited to attend upcoming open houses, which will offer opportunities to talk with the planning team and learn more about the master planning process. Current data already collected as part of the master plan process, such as population growth, land use patterns, and transportation, will also be discussed. 

The first open house will be held virtually at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12. Individuals interested in participating can register for the live online webinar by visiting www.Ourboone.com. The virtual open house may also be viewed at one of two remote locations: 

  • The Centralia City Hall Community Room, 114 S. Rollins St., Centralia, hosted by Presiding Commissioner Kip Kendrick, or
  • Southern Boone School District central office board room, 5275 Redtail Drive, Ashland, hosted by District I Commissioner Justin Aldred.

The second open house will be held in-person from 4:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, September 26, in the Boone Electric Community Room at 1413 Rangeline Street in Columbia. The open house will be a “drop by” style event with no formal presentation. Members of the public are encouraged to drop by anytime during the event. 

Additional information about the process and the planning team can be found at https://www.ourboone.com/meet-the-team

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