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James City County invites citizens to help create strategies to conserve James City County's natural and cultural assets by attending an open house on Wednesday, June 29 and by participating in the Natural and Cultural Assets Plan Survey, available online through July 10.
The June 29 Natural and Cultural Assets Open House will be held in Community Room A of the James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188. Citizens may arrive anytime from 4 to 7 p.m. to view natural and cultural assets and to comment on strategies to restore or protect them. There will be a formal presentation from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Maps and an informational presentation are available online ahead of the meeting on the County’s website. An online survey is also available for those unable to attend the open house, available now through July 10 at jamescitycountyva.gov/3862. Citizens can also learn more about the project on the latest episode of This Week in James City County at https://www.jamescitycountyva.gov/podcast. James City County is a special place, due in large part, to its rich natural and cultural landscape. Natural and cultural assets include trees and forests, waterways, wetlands, agricultural soils, and natural areas such as parks and trails, or areas of cultural significance to residents such as scenic or historic areas. The largest blocks of intact habitats support native species and can be connected by corridors to form a network. The more connected the landscape, the more resilient it is and the more pathways there are for people, pollinators or plants. The open house is part of a larger effort to develop a Natural and Cultural Assets Plan. The plan will help identify, evaluate and prioritize the County’s highest value natural resources and cultural assets and identify opportunities to protect and restore them. Communities can use natural and cultural asset plans for many purposes, such as protecting current and future water supplies, protecting or expanding economies, creating healthy communities, protecting wildlife and biodiversity, providing or identifying new outdoor recreation options, highlighting land conservation priorities, and informing transportation projects, comprehensive plan goals or zoning decisions. The project began in August 2021 and is projected to be completed in fall 2022. Prioritizing the protection of natural lands and open spaces was the most highly ranked and supported objective across all three rounds of community engagement during the recent update of the County’s Comprehensive Plan.
Visit jamescitycountyva.gov/3856 to learn more, or contact the James City County Community Development Department at 757-253-6671 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.Media Contact: Tammy Rosario, Assistant Director of Community Development757-253-6685; email@example.com