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James City County Receives VML President's Award - October 27, 2003

Date: October 27, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tammy Rosario, Senior Planner

Phone: (757) 253-6685
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Pictured standing left to right are: Joe McCleary, Chair of the Steering Committee and Planning Commission Vice Chairman; Jeff Barra, Chair of the Community Participation Team; Tammy Rosario, Senior Planner; Doug Powell, Acting Assistant County Administrator; and Patrick Foltz, Development Management Assistant.
Pictured standing left to right are: Joe McCleary, Chair of the Steering Committee and Planning Commission Vice Chairman; Jeff Barra, Chair of the Community Participation Team; Tammy Rosario, Senior Planner; Doug Powell, Acting Assistant County Administrator; and Patrick Foltz, Development Management Assistant.

James City County has received the Virginia Municipal League's 2003 President's Award for Entrepreneurial Government for the process used to update the Comprehensive Plan, Vision for Our Future. The award, Virginia Municipal League's (VML) highest honor, was given at the annual conference held in Roanoke on October 23 and was selected from over seventy-five applications submitted from across Virginia.

 

The Comprehensive Plan, the County's guide to manage growth and preservation, was delivered on time and within budget to the Board of Supervisors in August, where it was adopted unanimously. Citizens, volunteers, local organizations, County leaders, and staff all contributed to the Plan by participating in surveys, Community Conversations, posting messages at listening stations, leaving comments on the County's website and attending public hearings before the Steering Committee, Planning Commission, and the Board of Supervisors.

 

The VML judges commented that, "The revision and adoption of a comprehensive plan is a notoriously controversial and difficult process, and achieving this goal in 11 months is a testament to the efforts and commitment of County staff. The methods used to maximize public awareness, and ultimately public input, were novel and cost-effective."

 

In addition to a trophy that will be displayed at the County Complex, the County was highlighted in the September issue of the VML's Virginia Town and City magazine.

 

The Comprehensive Plan is available online at www.jccEgov.com. Call the County's Planning Division at 253-6685 for more information.

 

 

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